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Started by Ridgerunner, 09/05/2006 09:30AM
Posted 09/05/2006 09:30AM Opening Post
Does the shuttle launch off the crawler that transport it ?
These's crawlers have been used sinced the Apollo era.

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Posted 09/05/2006 10:03PM | Edited 09/05/2006 10:10PM #1
The crawler transport system may be the same, but the mobile launch platforms have been modified (and since updated) for shuttle use. Here's a quick link to the platform:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch-pad-mlp.html

The entire Complex 39 page:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch-complex39-toc.html

On the "Behind the Scenes" section there is a multimedia link to a special on the crawler's 40 year history. [bottom right on page] My dialup connection chokes when attempting viewing. sad
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/behindscenes/index.html

Lot's of good info...

Jeff