After a year of setting out from Maharashtra to the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), a truck with 74 tyres carrying heavy machinery onboard has finally arrived at the destination.
The heavy machinery weighed 70 tonnes and has a height of 7.5 meters and width of 6.65 meters. Due to its enormous size and weight, it has been a difficult ordeal to drive the truck through the ordinary road.
This mega-truck in total has travelled through four states at the pace of only 5 kilometres a day. No other vehicle can pass through the road when the vehicle is in transit. The truck has a staff of 32 people to control the vehicle.
The power lines and three branches across the road have to be chopped off in a bid to enable the truck with 74 tyres to pass through. The police and the electricity board have taken all possible efforts to clear the way to enable the truck to move through, at all places. The vehicle passed the border on the first week of July and reached Thiruvananthapuram the other day. Within a few days, it is poised to reach the destination.
The heavy machinery that has been designed in Nasik is being carried to the VSSC centre in Vattiyoorkavu. The machine is used for developing various equipment for the space research projects of the country. VSSC authorities have shared that the machine will be brought to the centre in Vattiyoorkavu and commissioned by the end of this month.
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) is a major space research centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation that focuses on rocket and space vehicles for India’s satellite programme.