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From: London England
Registered: Jan 2008

posted 03-07-2013 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tetrox   Click Here to Email tetrox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be very grateful if anyone could help me identify these two pieces of ground support equipment, which seem to be evident in many of my pre-launch Atlas photos.

My suspicion is one of the pieces may be some kind of air conditioner, but I would really appreciate a definitive identification and whether they are specific to this project or whether they were standard Air Force equipment, many thanks.


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From: Danville, Ohio, USA
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posted 03-07-2013 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't offer a definitive answer, but I will point out that the Atlas tanks had to be pressurized to keep the vehicle from collapsing. Perhaps this equipment is related to that function.

David Carey

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posted 03-07-2013 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
'Mobile Air Handler' came to my mind, not really dissimilar to your hunch.

To me, it looks similar to what you see at underground utility/telephone repair sites and on jet bridges. Perhaps certain work areas required ventilation to avoid ground crew exposure to hazardous fume buildup. A/C certainly could have been part of that, if not the primary purpose.

Also nothing definitive, but a large air handler "in the NW quadrant" is mentioned in this memoir related to Atlas launch sites.

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