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FOIA: Lunar Site Preparation Vehicle for NASA - 1985

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posted on Dec, 9 2007 @ 10:16 PM
Lunar Site Preparation Vehicle for NASA - 1985
The report "Lunar Site Preparation Vehicle for HASA" is a set of plans for a scraper vehicle for site preparation for use during lunar base construction. Also included are weekly progress reports for the project.

Document date: 1985-03-14
Department: Georgia Institute of Technology
Author: C. Hurley, G. Insolia, M. Leon, J. Robertson, W. Schreffler, D. Vallelian
Document type: report
pages: 91


Archivist's Notes: Fair to good quality document.

posted on Dec, 12 2007 @ 04:32 AM
I’m not sure where this document will end up – but for anyone interested in building a “Lunar Surface Preparation Vehicle” in their backyard will find all the specifications in this document….

…. Here is the conclusion:
The design of the cab and its components is based primarily on the contributing human factors. All sizing of the seat, the height of the cab, placement of hand controls & foot rests, and the location and arrangement of video monitors were done with the astronaut in mind.
Zones of comfort and reach served as primary aids in deciding where each cab assembly unit was to be placed in relation to each other. To the best of one’s knowledge, the cab as it stands at present would be comfortable enough for someone dressed in a spacesuit to move around and adequately operate the controls.
Heat dissipation will prove to be one of the worst problems encountered that would effect the vehicle as a whole.
To avoid problems with specific members of the machine, a cool down period will be required between uses of the vehicle. The power requirements for a vehicle of this magnitude will require state of the art in battery technology. It is assured that battery packs that are easily replaceable will be required.
Tracks were chosen over conventional wheels because of the added traction obtained. Two idlers are staggered in the front of the track to increase the rolling radius of the vehicle. This design will allow the vehicle to maneuver over large obstacles with less difficulty. Even though titanium is very expensive, tracks designed with this material are considerably lighter than an equivalent strength steel, and are more wear resistant than aluminum.

As this document is very technical, I’m unable to see any ‘valuable’ information for us …
Maybe someone can help me out here….

[edit on 12-12-2007 by frozen_snowman]

posted on Dec, 15 2007 @ 08:55 AM
Well covered snow_man. And I agree with you about some of this documents that are extremely specific and technical. Maybe under the guise of FOIA they are releasing documents with no or little value just to avoid releasing real smoking guns. As far as I'm concerned when you ask a document to be released under FOIA has to be specifically about what you present in your request. And what I've seen all this time going through archives, few materials aren't related to UFO-s at all.


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