Last week, Mammoet lifted a new attraction at the NASA Space Center in Houston to a greater height. A 250-foot tall Mammoet crane lifted a 122-foot long space shuttle replica three stories high to its resting place atop the original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) NASA 905, a Boeing 747. The Boeing will ultimately become a destination for visitors from around the world.
The delicate lift to the crown of the 63-foot 747 took about 40 minutes. The crane lifted the replica to a height of 150 feet before lowering it onto the back of the SCA that was sitting on a 15-inch concrete foundation.
“The lift was challenging because of the awkward weight distribution of the replica and the safety concerns for the thousands of spectators,” said Pierre Mille, USA sales manager, Mammoet. “A space shuttle, even a replica, is designed to go straight, so it catches a lot of wind when lifted sideways. But we engineered the lift carefully and we were well prepared for this effect. With our crane we were able to set the space shuttle exactly where it needed to be.”
The crane was assembled at the site a week in advance. It took a day and a half to assemble and another day and a half to disassemble it after the lift was completed.