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Where it ends, nobody knows.
Doerfer's Wheelift Division, which operates primarily from Doerfer's plant at
Wheelift's transporters will carry the core stage rocket segments through full assembly, engine test, and launch preparation at
Wheelifts will travel with the 240-foot assembled rocket core stage on a ship as they make their way to
"The size and scope of the project doesn't wow us; what wows us is being able to play such a fundamental and mission-critical role in what really is, from the time we were little kids, something we aspired to be part of," Doerfer President
SLS will deploy the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle to provide enhanced long-range capability for extended human space travel beyond Earth orbit and supports travel to the
Doerfer put on a show of what Wheelift transporters can do in front of numerous
Senior Controls Engineer
It's just the vehicle
"For the last 15 or 20 years, I've been trying to find better ways to move large items, especially large vehicles," Bramon said. "I've got high-dollar massive items to move around, and historically, we normally build stand-alone single vehicle designed carts. Carts are real expensive and they have to have all sorts of control systems. I've been keeping my eyes on what the industry has been doing. There's a lot of folks that have a lot of transporters which are great technology."
The Wheelift fit
"I got excited," he said. "We saw what was going on in this world, I was able to go out with this open competition, see if there's anybody out there that has this kind of technology. Doerfer and Wheelift came in and carried it."
" We are very fortunate to have found Doerfer to do this particular job for us, and we're really happy to add
The first four transporters are scheduled to be delivered to
Terry, 77, a resident of
"When I started out, I just wanted this technology to be successful in my lifetime; well, this is kind of the culmination, although I'm anxious to go down to
Thursday's event was closed to the public, but Doerfer said it will host a public open house in 2014 in conjunction with production of the next round of transporters currently in process.
Doerfer has plants in
Additional information is available at http://www.doerfer.com/ and http://www.wheelift.com.
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