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01/13/2020

KAMAG equips the space industry:

Transport of the Starliner spaceship on KAMAG transporter

  • KAMAG vehicle transports Starliner spaceship to launch site
  • a great video and picture show part of the transport

Navigating satellites, rockets and spaceships to the launch pad, pulling rocket motors, stages and tanks into the production halls and placing them with millimeter precision, the special vehicles from German vehicle specialist KAMAG have been supporting the space industry for many years. The Boeing Starliner space shuttle also reached the launch vehicle with the help of a KAMAG transporter. A great video shows the transport.

It doesn't work without KAMAG - not even in space travel: In mid-December last year, the US aerospace company Boeing launched the new CST-100 Starliner spacecraft with the help of an Atlas V rocket manufactured by the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to the ISS space station. A special transporter from KAMAG was used to ensure that the Starliner got from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to the launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral. The CST-100 Starliner was then connected to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, which was used to launch the spacecraft during the first flight test to the ISS.

The KAMAG transporter belongs to the ULA, which arose from a collaboration between the two aerospace groups Lockheed Martin and Boeing. With the KAMAG transporter, the ULA transports its rockets and their components. According to its own information, the ULA has been using vehicles from KAMAG for many years. KAMAG is a company of the german Transporter Industry International Group, that belongs to the Otto Rettenmaier family.

While the transport on the Starliner on the KAMAG transporter went smoothly, the first test flight failed. The Starliner had to turn around on the flight to the ISS due to a system error. However, the reusable Starliner landed safely on Mother Earth.

The Starliner capsule is being developed in collaboration with NASA's so-called commercial crew program. According to the ULA, the program is intended to restore America's ability to move people from US soil into near-Earth orbit for the first time since the last space shuttle mission in 2011. NASA is currently using Russian Sojus rockets for manned space missions.

Video is available at http://www.boeing.com/features/2019/11/starliner-rollout-11-19.page


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