Transportation and Handling of Large Solid Motors 650121

Solid rocket motors for use in booster stages of launch vehicles in the post-Saturn era may be about 300 in. in diameter and weigh 6,000,000 lb. Machines to transport and handle such large weights do not exist today. This paper conceives and analyzes all practical devices that could be used, and identifies the most economical mode for delivering these motors through the logistic cycle from factory to launch. Specifically examined are pneumatic tire, crawler, and Hovair transporters, cranes, and barges, and associated buildings, roads, and docks. Also discussed is the cost of the logistic system for an assumed program.


Subscribers can view annotate, and download all of SAE's content. Learn More »


Members save up to 40% off list price.
Login to see discount.
Special Offer: With TechSelect, you decide what SAE Technical Papers you need, when you need them, and how much you want to pay.