On July 9, 1960 Hughes was awarded a study contract for the design of a lunar soft landing spacecraft known as Surveyor. The contract, one of four awarded, called for the submission of a proposal for the program on December 15. As part of this effort Hughes designed and built a mockup of the spacecraft. Little is known about this effort. Bob Roney recalls that the mockup was built in Building 5 under the direction of Leo Stoolman and that it was very helpful in the development of the spacecraft configuration. It can be noted that the mockup configuration is quite similar to the final spacecraft design. Presumably pictures of the mockup were included in the Hughes proposal to illustrate the Hughes design approach.
After the award of the Surveyor contract to Hughes in January 1961 a number of pictures of the mockup were published in the Hughes News. A feature article describing the Surveyor spacecraft and mission illustrated with the two photos below also appeared in Aviation Week and Space Technology.