STTARS Trek

by Robert L. Reid, Senior Editor, Features Manager; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2018, Vol. 88, Issue 12, Pg. 66-73


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: A custom-designed container, known as STTARS, is one of several structures, devices, and other engineering systems that NASA relies on to safely transport key elements of the James Webb Space Telescope around the country. The various trips—over the road, in the air, and ultimately by sea—help scientists and engineers test and prepare the space telescope for its eventual launch date.

Subject Headings: Structural safety | Systems engineering | Telescopes | Container shipping | Federal government | Transportation safety | Structural members | Space structures

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