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avatar Captain_JEK
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Hello,

this is NASA's crawler transporter used for carrying spacecraft from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to the launch pad.
Rockets and space shuttles get assebled on the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP), which then is carryied by the crawler transporter.
The crawler transporter weighs 2721 tonnes and is able to lift three times its own mass which equals 8164 tonnes.
It is propelled by 8 tracks being connected by hydraulic cylinders to the vehicle chassis. This allows for independant height adjustment of each corner of the vehicle. Height adjustment is needed when the transporter crawls up the ramp to the launch pad and the rocket is meant to stand upright.
There are two control cabins, one for each direction of movement.
When loaded, the maximum speed is at 1.6 km/h (1 mph) when unloaded 3.2 km/h (2 mph). So, you can easily keep up to it simply by walking.
In total there are 2 such crawlers in the world and they are after bucket wheel excavators the second largest vehicles ever built.

Enjoy!
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Update #1 : 11/25/2018 9:54:46 amNov 25th, 2018

Added a schematic file.

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  • babbajagga
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • December 2, 2018, 3:29 am
mmmmm...mmmmmmasterfull ♥
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • December 2, 2018, 4:00 am
Thank you so much :D
Great work! Nice details.
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • December 1, 2018, 5:31 am
Thank you ^^
holy wow... that is huge JEK. sorry i havent been on here much at all for like a week or more
great work btw
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • December 1, 2018, 2:24 am
Thank you very much!
No problem, you get on as often as you feel to do so ^^
thank's for the reassuring comment ^^ it makes me feel a little less bad about not being on lol
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • December 2, 2018, 12:44 pm
xD
heehee :3
  • Sixshot
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • November 26, 2018, 9:34 am
What scale?
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • November 26, 2018, 10:42 am
1.25:1 approximately. Maybe 1.3:1. I made it a little bit bigger than 1:1 so that it fits with my cars and trucks which also are a little bit bigger than 1:1.
  • Myyoyo
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Terraformer
  • November 24, 2018, 10:36 am
Utinni!
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • November 24, 2018, 10:45 am
Close but not quite it xD
download :"(

  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • November 24, 2018, 7:05 am
Download is up now ^^
  • soccerguy3
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • November 24, 2018, 1:44 pm
What Server ? What warp ? , PM me , I'll retrieve it for you .
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • November 24, 2018, 2:03 pm
It's on the Wellandel server which currently is in the buildup phase and I am a builder there. Unfortunately, you can't join until it gets public :/
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This is epic! Great work!
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • November 24, 2018, 5:40 am
Thank you very much ^^
  • MrHack_
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Architect
  • November 23, 2018, 10:24 pm
Amazing!!!!!!!!
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • November 24, 2018, 2:23 am
Thank you :)
  • CraftyFoxe
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 72
  • Legendary Fox
  • November 23, 2018, 7:34 pm
Damn son, this is EPIC
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • November 24, 2018, 2:23 am
Thank you ^^
It now is the largest vehicle I have built to this date.
  • jwterry_1965
  • Level 23
  • Expert Crafter
  • November 23, 2018, 6:07 pm
OH there you go ! That's the REAL big boy. And the crawlers had a BIG upgrade in 2003. But the current upgrades won’t improve its speed or gas mileage at all: one mile an hour and 32 feet to the gallon.
The two crawler-transporters were added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 2000.
NICELY DONE, LOOKS GREAT
  • Captain_JEK
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • November 24, 2018, 2:21 am
Yeah, during the upgrades in 2003 the lifting capacity was increased for one crawler to be able to carry the new SLS rockets. But it still guzzles immense amounts of fuel xD
Such a crazy machine...

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