Lockheed Martin Astronautics

Atlas IIIA Transportation/Erection Trailer

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Lockheed Martin Astronautics
The Atlas rocket was developed by General Dynamics at the height of the cold war for use as an intercontinental ballistic missile. However, the Atlas family of rockets is perhaps best known for the role played in launching American astronauts into earth orbit during the Mercury missions, and later as a dependable launch vehicle for the commercial satellite industry. The Atlas program continues today, with the latest derivation, the Atlas V, expected to be in service until 2020.

In 1996, the owner of the program, Lockheed Martin, turned to Martinez & Turek to develop a system to consolidate separate road transport and erection trailers for the Atlas IIAS and IIIA vehicles, allowing for a further streamlined and efficient launch process. The solution was a dynamic transportation and erection trailer that was designed, engineered, and manufactured by Martinez & Turek to ensure a lightweight system capable of meeting a variety of functional requirements. The transportation system was 13 feet wide by 92 feet long and was designed to carry a payload of 65,000 pounds under a variety of demanding operational conditions.