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04/06/2020

TV tip "Otto" the super machine -

120 tons of pure power for the star research project ALMA

Germany is bored. Many people are stuck at home because of the blockage of contacts to curb the spread of the corona virus. The media libraries of the TV stations offer a sensible distraction. In the media library "tvnow" you can now see the report from n-tv about the antenna transporter "Otto" (german language only).

https://www.tvnow.de/serien/super-maschinen-18470/staffel-3/episode-7-monster-truck-3076358

In episode 7, season 3, of “Super Machines”, the makers of the n-tv series show how demanding the task of the antenna transporter “Otto” is. SCHEUERLE developed and built the vehicle, which is unique in the world, and its sister model "Lore" especially for the international ALMA project (Atacama Large Millimeter / Submillimeter Array) of the ESO (European Southern Observatory). "Without 'Otto', the ALMA project would not be possible," say those responsible for ESO.

The task of "Otto" is to move a total of 66 radio telescopes, one of which weighs around 100 tons, over distances of up to 28 kilometers. This is always necessary to always have a new perspective on stars, planets and galaxies. The film team accompanied Alfredo Elgueta, one of the seven drivers of "Otto", how he moved one of the antennas with great skill.

In addition, the 45-minute program reports in detail on the innovative technology from "Otto", which is also at more than 5,000 meters above sea level, where the antennas of the ALMA project are located on the Chajnantor plateau in the Atacama Desert Temperatures below zero and thin air, sometimes even in sandstorms, have to prove their worth.

The TV team also paid a visit to the SCHEUERLE plant in Pfedelbach and shows how the technically innovative transporters from SCHEUERLE are put through their paces there.

Our recommendation to all technology fans: “Be sure to check it out! - At the latest when the weather gets worse again. "


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