NASA Crawler-transporter

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Friday, Jan 25 2013 by

The crawler-transporters are a pair of tracked vehicles used to transport spacecraft from NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) along the Crawlerway to Launch Complex 39. They were originally used to transport the Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets during the Apollo, Skylab and Apollo–Soyuz programs. They were then used to transport Space Shuttles from 1981 to 2011.

The two crawler-transporters were designed and built at a cost of US$14 million each. They are the largest self powered land vehicles in the world. When they were built, they were the largest land vehicles in the world, a title later taken by the German Bagger 288 excavator.

Shuttle Mobile Launcher Platform (StreetView)
Shuttle Mobile Launcher Platform

NASA Crawler-transporter (StreetView)
NASA Crawler-transporter
The crawler-transporter (Google Maps)
The crawler-transporter

NASA's Mobile Launch Platform (Bing Maps)
NASA's Mobile Launch Platform