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Old July 5th 19, 01:13 PM posted to sci.space.policy
Jeff Findley[_6_]
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In article [email protected],
Ok, here is the best picture of the one at KSC LC-39A. In addition to
the airport tow vehicle, you can see on either side (near the base of
the launch vehicle) that there are two separate sets of train tracks
with some sort of self-powered diesel electric bogies.


So, whoever said "self powered" for the LC-39A transporter erector seems
to be correct based on the detailed photographic evidence. Makes sense,
considering the grade of the ramp up to the actual launch pad.

Thank you! Teslarati is a great site, and their correspondents got
great shots of the recent FH night launch. I'm not sure I had
discovered it at the time of the test flight you pointed to.

The yellow cart following the bogeys (freight train trucks) is probably
supplying air for the brakes.

The description I had found for the FH TE mentioned cable winches to
pull it up the final ramp.

Good point about the air brakes. Makes sense that you need a way to
keep it from rolling back down the hill if something failed in the winch

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