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From: Netherlands
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posted 03-30-2013 03:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Great view of the crawler-transporter during rollout of Columbia to the launch pad on May 26, 1982, in preparation for STS-4.

Ed Hengeveld


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posted 03-30-2013 03:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, really a great shot. In German: Technik, die begeistert.

Happy Easter-Weekend to all.


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posted 03-30-2013 03:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What launches did MLP 1 participate in?


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posted 04-03-2013 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tfrielin   Click Here to Email tfrielin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if the crawlers are being exercised in any way? That is, are they being cranked up and run just as you'd start up that truck in your garage that you're not driving regularly just to make sure its parts get exercised?

I would imagine the crawlers' engines and machinery would rather quickly seize up if they aren't turned over at regular intervals.

Just curious...

Robert Pearlman

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posted 04-03-2013 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both crawlers are being overhauled to support the next generation of vehicles.

Crawler Transporter-2 (CT-2) had its engines replaced, and is in now in the Vehicle Assembly Building's (VAB) high bay 2 to have its roller bearings upgraded. Its upgrades are expected to be complete by Jan. 2015 in time to support the Space Launch System (SLS).

CT-1 is also in the VAB, in high bay 3, where it will stay until fall as its engine room is being renovated.

The crawlerway is also being readied for the more massive SLS. Crews have been removing the river rock to re-grade the lime rock foundation.

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