• Project Name: Centaur Shuttle Rocket Relocation
  • Location: Huntsville, AL to Cleveland, OH
  • Client: Pinnacle Construction for NASA
  • Industry: Federal/ Aerospace
  • Size: 14,000 pounds / 624 miles

Project Description: Pinnacle Construction and NASA chose a trusted partner in MIELKE  to provide rigging and structural support services for this critically important move of the Centaur-G Rocket stage from Alabama to Ohio.  The project began with careful planning of the rigging, cradle design & construction and of the new foundation in Cleveland where the Centaur would permanently land.  Special provisions for pressurization of the Centaur-G housing during transport had to be addressed and a specialized carrier cradle was designed & fabricated.  After many up front challenges, the Centaur-G Prime rocket was seamlessly disassembled from its display area at the USSRC in Huntsville, AL; transported via specialty super carrier to NASA’s Glenn Research facility where the team had already prepared for it’s arrival.  The steel support structure was erected and the rocket was lifted and safely set in place.