When the Orbital Sciences Corporation Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft was launched into orbit recently, its Antares rocket was lifted to the first stage of its journey by a US-manufactured crane system designed to the highest standards of precision, reliability and safety.
The 70 ton capacity overhead electric travelling crane, built by Whiting Corporation, is deployed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, from where the Antares expendable launch system delivers payloads of up to 5,000 kg (11,000 lb) to the International Space Station.
With an estimated daily ridership of over 45,000, and growing, Phoenix’s Valley Metro light rail transit system has already grown to become the 12th busiest light rail system in the country, despite only commencing operations in 2008.
The Valley Metro light rail system provides public transportation for central and downtown Phoenix, as well as areas of Tempe, and uses state-of-the art light rail vehicles, offering passengers a frequent and reliable service.
To ensure this reliable service is continued during the maintenance and repair operations of the ultra-modern rail cars, Whiting car hoists have been installed in the rail system’s Operations and Maintenance Center.