A crawler transporter does exactly what its name implies; it transports a space shuttle from
the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad at a crawling pace (1 mph).
Al Pascua, 51, of Stevenson Ranch said he needs the shuttle from
the Metrolink station to get to his job at Disney, and he usually gets there in 10 to 15 minutes.
This is terrible,'' said John Ford, of Temecula, a flight engineer just off an LAX shuttle from
a trip to Saudi Arabia.
It takes nearly one week and costs $750,000 to ferry a space shuttle from
California to Florida.
Considering the predicted high level of risk from this hazard even after these modifications are made, the space shuttle upgrades program should solicit additional upgrade proposals for protecting the shuttle from
meteoroids and orbital debris,'' the report said.
Workers also are installing lighter weight thermal protection system to replace some of the fragile tiles that protect the shuttle from
the heat of re-entry from space.