Lunar Roving Vehicle of Apollo Missions

  • First LRV Build

    The first luner rover (robotic/electric) was built by the Soviet Union, it was named the Lunokhod 1. It was destroyed during the launch process.
  • Lunar Rover Vehicle Stowage; General Electric

    When trying to establish a proper system for storing the mechanical and scientific instruments on the LRV, GE created a system that would allow the antenna and cameras to get good signal while still allowing the driver of the LRV to see the Lunar surface infront of him.
  • First Successful LRV Built

    Apollo 15 was the first successful LRV that was built to go on moon missions. It was manned by astronauts David Scott and Jim Irwin.
  • LRV Handbook

    The LRV handbook was created on this day in 1971 in order for the astronauts to learn how to build and opperate the LRV.
  • Apollo 14

    The main focuses of this mission were to check the Fra Mauro region and see if it was safe to deploy the Apollo Lunar Surface Scientific Experiments Package, lunar surface geology investigations, collection of surface material, all with the LRV which weighed 75kg, had only two free wheels and had a very limiting, 3km range.
  • First LRV Design Report

    On this day in 1971, Boeing Aviation released its first ever LRV design report, changing the way LRV's were built forever. This design included a miraculous new wheel design that was crafted from piano "E" wire.
  • First Unmaned LRV Launch

    Apollo 15 LRV, driven by Astronaut David R. Scott.
  • Apollo 15

    The Apollo 15 mission was the first of the Apollo missions that allowed a longer stay on the moon and greater surface mobility caused by the use of the new and improved LRV which was opperated with a joystick from inside the spacecraft, it had four traction wheels, a max speed of 16kph, and a much improved range of 36km.
  • Mobility Systems

    A mobility systems diagnostic and systems check was run on the LRV on this day in 1971 to assure that there were not any problems with the systems.
  • Preformance Testing

    Preformance testing was done on the tires and wheels that Boeing was desining and building for the LRV systems.
  • Apollo 16

    The goals of Apollo 16 were to view, map, and sample certain materials also, surface features of the moon; place and start surface experiments.
  • Apollo 17

    The goals of Apollo 17 were, geological mapping and surveying as well as, sampling the many materials and surface features of the moon.
  • Apollo 16 Accident

    On this day in 1973, an error code was recieved by NASA stating that the rear steering on the LRV had gone out of commision. Howver, this did not complicate the mission.
  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

    The LRO was launched to plan future moon landings and moon trips to collect new data.
  • NASA Images

    NASA released images covering information about all of the Apollo moon landings and LRV excursions.