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First ALMA Observatory Transporter Ready for Challenging Duty
July 30, 2007
The first of two ALMA transporters--unique vehicles designed to move high-tech radio-telescope antennas in the harsh, high-altitude environment of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile--has passed its initial operational tests. The 130-ton machine moves on 28 wheels and will be able to transport a 115-ton antenna and set it down on a concrete pad within millimeters of a prescribed position.
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