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USA: Terex give lift to space shuttles - page 2 of 2 >>>

NASA engineers used calculations from the CC 2800-1’s IC-1 controls to map out the final position of the crane. In the overnight hours, when airport activities were at a lull and winds were calm, Lomma and United Space Alliance crews began the removal of the shuttle. The 747 SAC, supporting crane lifting the front of the shuttle and CC 2800-1 lifting the heavier back end were all positioned according to NASA’s layout.

NASA engineers used calculations from the CC 2800-1’s IC-1 controls to map out the final position of the crane. “They wanted the connection between the shuttle and our crane to be at 112 ft (34.1 m),” says Barnett, “and the actual distance in the field from the center of the crane to the hook was 34.1 m.”

A few days later, Discovery was towed to the Smithsonian and replaced the Space Shuttle Enterprise, which prompted a second pick and final move of the Enterprise to its new home in New York.

Enterprise on the Hudson

Within a week after the Discovery pick, Lomma’s crews were back at Dulles, this time to reverse the process and load Enterprise on the 747 SAC. With one hoist project already completed, the second pick of the Enterprise went equally as smooth as the Discovery effort. While NASA initially intended to retrofit Enterprise for space travel, several final shuttle design changes kept it grounded.

Enterprise, via the 747 SAC, took off from Dulles on April 27 for its final home in New York City and landed at JFK International Airport. At the same time, the CC 2800-1 crane components were derigged and loaded onto trucks and trailers heading for New York. Once arriving at JFK, the crane equipment was rigged, tested and ready for another shuttle pick.

By 7 a.m. EDT Sunday, May 13, Enterprise was loaded onto a special wheeled transport and moved into a hangar at JFK. It embarked on a three-day journey on the Hudson River in early June. Its final destination being the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

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Topcon Europe and FARO sign partnership agreement Topcon Europe and FARO sign partnership agreement

Topcon Europe Positioning and FARO Europe GmbH & Co. KG have signed a strategic partnership agreement which will allow the distribution of the FARO laser scanner Focus3D in most European countries, the Middle East and Africa.

Product manager Sander Jongeleen said, “Topcon Europe Positioning is delighted to make this announcement today, the availability of the Focus3D will complement our existing high-accuracy long-range GLS-1500 scanner.”

Jongeleen said, “The Focus3D has been designed for close range laser scanning, and is equipped with a very intuitive user interface. Sitting alongside our GLS-1500, the Focus3D will allow our distribution network to address every segment of the terrestrial scanning market place.”

With a measurement update rate of nearly one million points per second, an accuracy of 2 mm and a small, lightweight form factor, the Focus3D is further equipped with a compass and height sensor as well as a dual axis compensator to aid in setting up and point cloud registration.

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