Slow and steady got a new definition when a truck that departed from Maharashtra last year, carrying heavy sophisticated machinery for a space research project at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), reached Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala on Sunday.
The truck was loaded with an Aerospace Horizontal Autoclave, which is used to make weightless material.
“We started the journey on July 8, 2019, from Maharashtra. Now after travelling for one year and across four states, we have reached Thiruvananthapuram. We hope to deliver the cargo today (Sunday) at VRCC,” a staff member travelling with the cargo said.
As many as 32 staff members accompanied the truck that moved at a speed of 5 km per day. It was because of the sensitivity of the product and hurdles on the way like suspending electric wires, traffic, turns and more.
The machine the truck was carrying weighed 70 tonnes and has a height and width of 7.5 metres and 6.65 metres respectively. The same was made in Nashik and will soon be commissioned for the Indian space research project.
“We are using ropes to carry the cargo’s weight. It’s being pulled by two axles, front and back. Both have 32 wheels each and the puller has 10 wheels. The puller is pulling it all. Drop deck weighs 10 tonnes and the cargo weighs 78 tonnes. The weight is distributed on the two axles,” said the official.