#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, August 21st, 2013 10:47
#2 By: kpkpkp, August 21st, 2013 10:50
Talk about overzealous roof-rack design.
#3 By: Edwin Gore, August 21st, 2013 10:53
Art car and mobile camp all in one!
#4 By: Acer Platanoides , August 21st, 2013 11:15
I was considering opening a droid salvage and repair operation.
#5 By: Lancelot, August 21st, 2013 11:16
I just saw that thing on a Dirty Jobs episode last week. Season 3 episode 5.
#6 By: xzzy, August 21st, 2013 11:21
Gonna park it in the driveway to the Atlas site I also want to buy.
#7 By: D S Deboer, August 21st, 2013 11:25
Mobile suburb so whenever an ethnic family moves nearby, they can just move then entire suburb.
#8 By: Snagglepuss 62629, August 21st, 2013 11:25
Now all I need is a driver. Anybody know what Lisa Nowak's doing these days ?
#9 By: t3kna, August 21st, 2013 11:28
As a platform for burning the Man at Burning Man -- instead of a static location, light it at one end of the playa and do a mobile burn to the other.
Alternatively: point one at Ft. Meade and the other at the Capitol building, fuel em up and hit "go". Plenty of time to get everyone out of the way.
(Hey NSA: just kidding!)
#10 By: Andre Vandal, August 21st, 2013 11:33
I'm thinking of some "Yo Mama So Fat" joke here...
#11 By: collectSPACE, August 21st, 2013 11:37
There's been a misunderstanding. NASA is not selling off the crawler-transporters — the two massive tracked vehicles are both being upgraded and modified for use with NASA's planned Space Launch System (SLS).
The three platforms NASA is now seeking new use(s) for are the mobile launch platforms (MLPs) that rode atop the crawlers to the launch pads and served as the base from which the Saturn V, Saturn IB and space shuttles were launched.
NASA built a new MLP for its now canceled Ares I rocket and that is now also being modified for use with the SLS, resulting in the three earlier MLPs no longer being needed.
#12 By: Kelly M, August 21st, 2013 11:37
You're gonna get some hop ons.
#13 By: Gary Williams, August 21st, 2013 11:39
This article is misleading. The crawler-transporters and the mobile launchpads are separate things. The crawlers carry the platforms and the shuttle stack to the launch sites. I'm sure NASA would re-use the crawlers for the next-generation rocket stacks.
#14 By: Bruce, August 21st, 2013 11:45
Mount the Statue of Liberty on it and slowly drive it into the ocean while an exhumed Charlton-Heston-draped robo-skeleton screams "OH, DAMN YOU! GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELL! "
That is all.
#15 By: Eric_Merrill, August 21st, 2013 11:48
They are selling the platforms, not the crawlers. They are separate - the crawlers move the MLPs (mobile launch platform) to the pad, and then move away for launch.
#16 By: bzishi, August 21st, 2013 11:53
Hear me now and believe me later, these crawlers are designed for maximum pumpitude. That is why NASA named them Hans and Franz.
#17 By: Ken, August 21st, 2013 12:04
#18 By: gilbert wham, August 21st, 2013 12:21
I would build a small volcano base on top of it and have me the supervillain equivalent of an RV.
#19 By: gilbert wham, August 21st, 2013 12:22
You spelt 'NASA' wrong
#20 By: Daniel Johnson, August 21st, 2013 12:27
Hey, what are you trying to push on us?!
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