Lunar And Martian Rover Planning For The

In the midst of all the larger developments regarding the Vision for Space Exploration, the undeniable need to provide future lunar and Martian exploration crews with rovers had also begun to be addressed. Although the lunar surface had not changed in the previous thirty-two years since American astronauts had driven across it, there were now new mission requirements for these rovers, based on the VSE model and length of stay on the lunar surface. Key issues of LRV configuration, length of operation, durability of components, lunar dust mitigation and long-term power generation were among the factors to be considered.

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