Dutch heavy-lift company Mammoet has delivered a launch pad and vacuum chamber for the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a spaceport under construction in the Amur region in the far east of Russia.
The company had the job of taking the items, along with 12 other over-sized parts of the project, from a barge and transporting them 60km to the construction site.
Alexey Zhugan, Mammoet’s project manager on site, said the equipment had a total weight of about 600 tonnes, and the fragile vacuum chamber had a diameter of 9m.
Transportation was carried out over four days using German company Goldhofer’s trailers (Mammoet)
He commented: "This was a very big and important project for us. Our client trusted us to deliver multiple crucial pieces of equipment to the construction site over a rather large distance.
We did so not only in the safest, but also in the most efficient way possible, adhering to the given time frame."
The company used two heavy-lift cranes, the Liebherr LR-11350 and LR-1750, to unload the cargo from the barges, and Goldhofer trailers and semi-trailers to deliver it to the construction site. The transport of the cargo took place over four days.
Top image: The launch pad was loaded using Swiss company Liebherr’s cranes (Mammoet)