Vice President, Rational Complex & Embedded Systems
This week brought another anniversary for major engineering achievements. From July 26 to Aug 7, 1971, NASA brought the first Lunar Rover to the moon with the Apollo 15 mission. They explored greater distances and did more science on this mission than had been done by anyone to date. To accomplish this, NASA had to tackle all kinds of new engineering challenges, including designing and building the first the lunar vehicle and allowing for the extra weight on the flight. Each vehicle had to be unpacked and assembled on the moon. There are 3 lunar roving vehicles still on the moon today. I recently saw a prototype displayed at the National Air and Space Museum, and even after 42 years, it is beautiful and inspiring.
Of course all of this was done without the benefits of modern engineering tools. Imagine what is possible today!