From 1962 NASA conducted studies for the technical feasibility and usefullness of providing early lunar explorers with mobility while on the Moon. One attractive mobility system was a rocket powered flying vehicle. Bell got different grants for studying different kinds of that lunar transportation, using for that time current space vehicle hardware and state-of-the-art technology. Detailed design concepts have been developed for the struture, propulsion system, guidance and control. Those studies had been augmented by model and full scale mockup testing and simulation. Later on Bell made real working models of different types with the one and only purpose: lunar transportation of Apollo astronauts on the Moon surface. Go to remote sites, exploration of sites inaccessible to surface travel and the rescue of a walking or riding astronaut stranded away from the LM base, and have some payload of around 300 pounds (138 kilo). They tested different types in Bell hangars and the Langley Lunar Landing Research Facility (the 1/6 th gravity test rigs) by two pilots. Early prototypes were tested by different Bell rocketbelt test pilots like Bill Suitor, Gordon Yeager, Robert Courter, John Spencer, Billy Burns riding along with Gordon in the two-man POGO and even Wendell Moore (the flying chair).
Tw Two man POGO. On front Billy Burns, pilot on the back Gordon Yeager