From the BBC
"I believe they called the buggy in the moon landings the Heath Robinson contraption," says Mickie Robinson, the artist's daughter-in-law, who married his youngest son Tom. "Every time I hear someone use his name I do feel very pleased."
I doubt it. One of those little differences with our American cousins which I learnt in my time working with them:-
Heath Robinson contraption (UK)
Rube Goldberg Machine (USA)