Cargo: Thermal Vacuum Chamber.
From: Vlissingen Holland.
To: Oxford UK.
For many years, the STG Team have been involved in specialist transport projects at the “cutting edge” of technology. Deliveries in the past have included the Russian Space Engineering Academy, at Kaliningrad, just outside Moscow, the Hadron Collider at Cern, the European Space Agency at L’Aquila near Rome, the Torus project at Culham etc. Each, in its own right, called for a differing range of skills – over and above the normal demands,
The purpose of this Thermal Vacuum Chamber, the third largest in Europe, is to accurately replicate conditions in space, in order to test scientific instrumentation, prior to their being launched into orbit.
The Specialist Transport Group were responsible for not only the safe journey from Vlissingen to Oxford but also the discharge and positioning, within the research facility. In itself not an easy task, with only millimetres to spare.