ROCKET LAUNCH TOWER MOVE

LOCATION: Kodiak Island, ALASKA 

YEAR: 1999

PRODUCT: VARIOUS SIZES OF OT ROLLERS RANGING FROM 20-500 TONS

Hilman Rollers are an integral part of the rocket launch mission, adding safety and efficiency to critical load movements. Final assembly and fitting-up of the rocket occurs in a “S.C.A.T.” building, some distance away from the launch tower site. When the rocket assembly is complete, the entire “S.C.A.T.” building rolls to the launch tower on 60-OT Hilman Rollers equipped with Accu-Roll Guidance Systems “R” and “U”. A pair of parallel I-beams provides a smooth, level rolling surface for the rollers, while the Accu-Roll Guidance System “U” located on the underside of the I-beam flanges prevent uplift.

 

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The launch tower moves on radiused tracks as shown above.

 

Once in position at the launch site, a special “Break-Over Fixture”, equipped with a combination of 20-OT and 50-OT ton capacity Hilman Modified Rollers raises the rocket into its vertical launch position. The launch tower itself is equipped with 500-OT and 200-OT style rollers with radiused keyway chains utilizing Accu-Roll Guidance Systems “R” and “U” to allow the entire tower to roll in a fixed radius on matching I-beams.

 

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This drawing shows the bottom view of the radiused roller used for this move.