WATCH: NASA’s Crawler-Transporter Moves to Pad 39B in Anticipation of Hurricane Dorian
By Space Coast Daily // August 28, 2019
Mobile Launcher and crawler would wait out the storm in the VAB
WATCH: In advance of Hurricane Dorian, NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems crawler-transporter is being moved to Launch Pad 39B in the event a call is made to move the Mobile Launcher inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, according to Kennedy Space Center spokesman Derrol Nail. (KSC video)
BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – In advance of Hurricane Dorian, NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems crawler-transporter is being moved to Launch Pad 39B in the event a call is made to move the Mobile Launcher inside the Vehicle Assembly Building.
If this happens, the Mobile Launcher and crawler would wait out the storm in the VAB.
The crawler-transporters, formally known as the Missile Crawler Transporter Facilities, are a pair of tracked vehicles used to transport spacecraft from NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building along the Crawlerway to Launch Complex 39.
They were originally used to transport the Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets during the Apollo, Skylab and Apollo–Soyuz programs. They were then used to transport Space Shuttles from 1981 to 2011.
The crawler-transporters carry vehicles on the Mobile Launcher Platform, and after each launch return to the pad to take the platform back to the VAB.
The two crawler-transporters were designed and built by Marion Power Shovel Company using components designed and built by Rockwell International at a cost of $14 million each.
Upon its construction, the crawler-transporter became the largest self-powered land vehicle in the world. While other vehicles such as bucket-wheel excavators like Bagger 293, dragline excavators like Big Muskie and power shovels like The Captain are significantly larger, they are powered by external sources.
The two crawler-transporters were added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 2000.
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