ALE demonstrates heavy transport capabilities with CONAE satellite delivery, Argentina

Sector:

  • Civils

 

Key Benefits:

  • Multi-service capabilities
  • Heavy transport expertise
  • Delivered on schedule
  • Co-ordination with third parties

 

 

 

Project:

ALE demonstrated its excellent standards and capabilities by performing the lifting and transportation of an Argentine satellite, SAOCOM 1A, for CONAE to be launched in a Space-X rocket.

ALE transported the satellite, weighing 12t, from its fabrication yard to Bariloche airport where it was loaded into an Antonov plane, ready to be launched at Vandenberg air field. Using their long-standing experience, ALE worked with the most stringent risk management and quality control requirements throughout.

The transport operations required a complete shut-down of the 10km route, as well as civilian, Police and military escorts at 4am. The heavy transport solution involved a convoy of over 12 vehicles, requiring four semi-trailers and two trailers to carry this challenging load. The cargo was delivered with minimum accelerations, controlled temperature and moisture conditions.

Cooperation with the airplane’s crew was critical to deliver on schedule and the Volga-Dnerp Antonov airplane was waiting on arrival.

The lifting operations were planned carefully in accordance with the client’s standards and ALE lifted the satellite onto the skidding system, where it was skidded into the airplane.

“The client was fully satisfied with our logistics solution and acknowledged our professionalism throughout the project. This is a huge milestone in the country´s space programme development and we are proud that ALE has successfully been part of it,” commented Raul Anriquez, ALE’s Project Manager

Once the rocket is launched, ALE will then perform the heavy transport of ancillary equipment within the USA and perform the maritime transportation of remaining components back to Chile and overland to Argentina.

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