What Is Crawler – The Rocket Transporter? How Does It Work?

This vehicle is powered by 16 traction motors which are powered by two alternating current diesel generators and two direct current generators. It is piloted by 2 operators on each side and is a complex vehicle to handle with zero room for operational error. It is noticeable that the operators sitting in the cab can only control the forward and backward motion of the vehicle.

Other parameters of vehicles motion are controlled by the JEL system or the Jacking, Equalizing and Leveling system which is controlled independently from crawlers control room and uses highly sophisticated computers to do the same. The JEL systems keep the upper deck pickup points at the same level irrespective of the position of the vehicle that means the level is maintained even when the vehicle is going up or down an incline.

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The giant tracks of the crawlers are its main maneuverability tools and their series of motion decides the direction and speed of the vehicle.The tracks are two per corner hence in total 8 tracks are used in real time to move the vehicle properly. Each track has 57 shoes measuring 7.5 x 1.5 feet. These shoes comprise the main weight bearing component of the crawler.The crawlers are also equipped with a laser docking system which allows them to dock with very high precision.

Owing to its huge size and capacities it’s apparent that this is not the vehicle optimized for fuel economy. The crawler has a 19000-liter fuel tank and burns close to 296 liters of diesel per kilometer. Guess heavy work requires heavy stuff after all.


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