Continental Provides New Tires for Payload Transporter
Continental Tire North America, Inc. recently provided new tires for a ground transporter vehicle that will be used to support Atlas V rocket launch processing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation, contacted Continental to provide replacement tires for its KAMAG Transporttechnik self-propelled Transporter Platform. Continental was chosen to supply the replacement tires based on the manufacturer’s specifications, said Steven Mansker, subcontract administrator for the ULA’s Atlas V Launch Operations Program at Vandenberg.
The KAMAG transporter, which is 19,3 m long, is used to move Atlas flight hardware from its loading facility to the launch pad at ULA’s Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The capacity of the KAMAG transporter is 200 000 kg and it travels at 13 km/h.
Continental provided a set of 82 15-inch HTR (Heavy Trailer Regional) tube-type tires for the KAMAG transporter and they were installed in mid-April, said Clif Armstrong, Continental’s director of marketing for Commercial Vehicle Tires – The Americas.
Continental’s HTR features a multiple-rib tread design that provides excellent wet traction and lateral stability. The tire’s high ply ratings provide durability for long casing life, and see-through grooves aid in water evacuation.
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