Overall view of the crawler-transporter treads.
Picture 1 of 2.
The sign accompanying the treads reads
Kennedy Space Center's two Crawler-Transporters were
constructed to move Apollo/Saturn V rockets and
Mobile Launchers from the VAB to the launch pad approximagely 3.5 miles away.
They are now used to transport Space Shuttle vehicles.
Displayed below is an actual spare Crawler cleat that alone weighs close to
2,000 pounds. Fifty-seven of the cleats make up each of the eight belts that
pull the Crawler along its path.
||131 ft, 4 in
||20-26 ft (adjustable)
||1 mph (loaded)
2 mph (unloaded)
Launch Complex 39
Originally developed for the Apollo Program, Launch Complex 39 was built to be
efficient, reliable, and capable of supporting future space programs. Its
design was based on the concept of mobility, with each of its main components
playing a vital role in the mobile launch operation.