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LESA Lander
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Other Designations: Lunar Exploration System for Apollo. Class: Manned. Type: Lunar Base. Nation: USA.

LESA (Lunar Exploration System for Apollo) was an advanced lunar surface shelter. It would provide the maximum Saturn V-launched lunar base module by using a high efficiency LLV Lunar Landing Vehicle which used RL10 Lox/LH2 engines for the direct landing on the lunar surface. The LESA consisted of a circular inner cabin and annular outer cabin with control stations, bunks, and an airlock. The LLV would deliver the LESA together with a Molab lunar rover on the surface of the moon. Crews to man the base would be landed in 3-man LM Taxis. The crews would use the LESA Shelter for quarters, and the pressurised Molab for mobility. Initially the shelter would be manned by 3 crew members for 90 days. Follow-on flights would build up the base to six residents for indefinite lunar operations.


Craft.Crew Size: 6. Design Life: 90 days. Total Length: 4.3 m. Maximum Diameter: 6.7 m. Total Habitable Volume: 80.00 m3. Total Mass: 9,700 kg.


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