Massive truck carrying aerospace autoclave machine reaches VSSC in Tvm
Thiruvaanthapuram: The container lorry carrying the giant aerospace autoclave machine has reached the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre office in Vattiyoorkavu almost 10 months after it started its journey from Nasik in Maharastra. The vehicle covered 1750 km after passing through four states. The giant vehicle, which moved at a speed of 5 km/h, also gained the recognition of being the slowest moving vehicle on road last year.
The machine, manufactured at Ambernath factory in Nasik, is the largest autoclave machine at VSSC. It was brought in to manufacture equipments, that are both light weight as well as large in size, for different space projects. The manufacturing cost of the machine and cost of transportation was Rs 9 crore.
Giant autoclave machine
- Weight- 70 tonne
- Height- 7.5 metre
- Width- 6.65 metre
- No of Wheels- 44
- No of workers to control the vehicle- 32
It was not easy for the vehicle to move through normal roads due to its size and weight. This is why the vehicle moved at the speed of 5 km/h. The electricity posts and branches of trees on either sides of the road had to be removed.
The vehicle took 7 days reach Parasssala after it reached Thakkala by June end. From there, it took 16 days to cover 30 kms and reach Thiruvananathapuram city. There were concerns about whether the vehicle's weight and size would cause damage to Marthandam overbridge and the newly constructed Pallichal bridge.
Signal lights had to be removed for the vehicle to go through Thiruvanthapuram city. It reached the ISRO Inertial Systems Unit at Vattiyoorkavu by Sunday night.