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ToSeek
2006-Jan-26, 06:11 PM
Cute story:

Crawling to the Moon, 40 Years Later (http://www.space.com/news/cs_060126_crawler.html)


Before NASA could send astronauts to walk on the Moon, space program engineers needed to learn how to crawl.

Forty years ago this month, NASA did just that—as its two crawler transporters entered service in January 1966 to move moon-bound rockets to their launch pads.

On January 13, 2006, NASA marked the anniversary by inviting its Apollo-era drivers and the sons of the engineer who designed the crawler to take a tour as the transporter was moved for a routine operational test.

Doodler
2006-Jan-26, 06:17 PM
Gawd, that must have been a bear trying to keep those vehicles stable. I'm amazed the path they follow actually has any incline. That's got to give a few people major agita when they bring them out of the VAB.

publiusr
2006-Jan-26, 08:03 PM
They wanted a barge to float things over at forst.

This is one reason why I am also a fan of the 550 ton to orbit SEA Dragon concept. The rocket is built with shipbuilding methods--towed out to sea, and filled. It stands up, a huge weight is released, and this 150 meter vehicle pops up like a giant cork on ignition.

No pad required.

Gullible Jones
2006-Jan-27, 12:10 AM
And the SEA Dragon uses NSWR propulsion doesn't it? :D