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LM Shelter
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Class: Manned. Type: Lunar base. Nation: USA. Manufacturer: Grumman.

Essentially an Apollo LM lunar module with ascent stage engine and fuel tanks removed and replaced with consumables, scientific equipment for 14 days extended lunar exploration. Requiring two Saturn V launches, LM shelter would be landed on one launch, with manned Apollo CSM accompanying it conducting lunar orbit surveying operations only. A second Saturn V launch would deliver another CSM and LM Taxi combination to lunar orbit. The crew would take the LM taxi to the surface, landing near the shelter. Work was planned to begin in 1966, with 1-2 missions per year beginning in 1970 after accomplishment of the manned lunar landing goal. In the event, only the Lunar Rover vehicle, used in the later Apollo missions, ever saw actual use. Craft.Crew Size: 2. Design Life: 14 days. Total Length: 6.4 m. Maximum Diameter: 4.3 m. Total Habitable Volume: 6.65 m3. Total Mass: 14,700 kg. Total Payload: 2,300 kg. Total Propellants: 8,000 kg. Primary Engine Thrust: 4,491 kgf. Main Engine Propellants: N2O4/UDMH. Main Engine Isp: 311 sec. Total spacecraft delta v: 2,400 m/s. Electrical System: Fuel Cells.



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