Uses for Lunar Crawler Transporters

by Richard A. Kaden, Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


This article discusses state-of-the-art crawler transporters and expresses the need for additional research and development for lunar crawlers. The thrust of the paper illustrates how the basic crawler technology has progressed to a point where extremely large modules can be shop fabricated and move to some distant location at a considerable savings. Also, extremely heavy loads may be lifted by large crawler cranes and placed in designed locations. The Transi-Lift Crawler crane with its traveling counterweight is an attractive concept for lunar construction.

Subject Headings: Space colonies | Cranes | Space exploration | Space construction | Aerospace engineering | Research and development | Thrust | Fabrication

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