Xah Lee's Unixism
Anne & Lynn Wheeler
lynn at garlic.com
Fri Sep 3 22:22:55 CEST 2004
Alan Balmer <albalmer at att.net> writes:
> No, because they were *not* manufactured on the launch pad.
> Transportation would be required from any other place - in Utah or
> Even if they were manufactured on the launch pad, there would be
> more than one piece.
as mentioned in the earlier post ... supposedly all other competing
bids were all sites on various shores that all allowed barging of
single, completed, manufactored unit to florida w/o sectioning and
no other designs had gaskets.
supposedly utah was the *only* bid that required sectioning to meet
various overland transportation requirement.
earlier reply to your comment about ... "shuttle boosters are 3.7m
diameter" ... with comment about the alternative single unit
assemblers being barged to florida.
as repeatedly posted ... as far as i know from all the stuff from the
period ... the comments were that the utah design was the *only*
design that had to be built in sections (because of transportation
issues) and re-assembled in florida and the only design that involved
such gaskets. all other designs were built on various shores in single
pieces and would be barged as single piece to florida and no gaskets
were involved (because they were manufactored in single pieces and
barged to florida in whole pieces).
the difference between barging and train ... was that there are
significantly less length, width, height, dimensional restrictions on
barged items compared to dimensional restrictions on overland train
.... because of bridges, tunnels, curves, clearances from adjacent
traffic, clearances involving any sort of structures near tracks.
i was under the impression that barging was fairly straight forward
from east coast, gulf coast, many major rivers, etc. i would guess
that anyplace that you could get a ship that was 160' or larger
... you could transport a barged assembly.
in fact, a shipyard that was accostomed to building a ship in a single
assemble (w/o needing gaskets to hold it together) could probably also
build a single assembly booster rocket ... and barge it to florida.
i'm not sure about how to catalog all the possible sites &/or
shipyards that could build single section unit (things like single
section ships that are build in single section w/o gaskets to hold the
different sections together) ... some quicky google about ports
turns up corpus cristi ... they handle ships built in single sections
(w/o gaskets to hold them together) up to 1000 ft long and 45 ft
depth. they also mention some docks that are barge use only that only
handl 260 ft length and 16 ft depth (course there probably isn't much
of height or width restriction with overhanging adjacent structures).
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