Heavy man, heavy


Crawler Road Kennedy Space Center

As NASA looks to replacing the aging shuttle fleet, there appears that they might have a serious weight issue.

Their new Ares V cargo launch system will (when combined with the transporter and launch tower)  weigh in at a hefty  10.9 million kg.  The problem is that the crawler road may not take the load.  The shuttle in comparison is "only" 7.7 million kg.

I took this picture when I visited the Kennedy Space Center a few years ago and we’re talking a serious piece of road work here.  6.8 km long and 40 m wide and made up of special river rock, any work to make it capable of bearing a higher load would be very expensive indeed.

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