ARTEMIS Lift Test
ARTEMIS is lifted into the moon pool in a full test of the ARTEMIS mechanical launching system. (photo: Peter Kimball)
We were out at the bot house yesterday, and stopped just short of putting ARTEMIS in the water. We completed a successful test of the lifting system used to put ARTEMIS in the water. The weight of ARTEMIS (1300 kg in air) and limited ceiling height in the bot house make lifting and rotation for launch and recovery a bit intricate. Here’s a cross-section rendering Bill made showing how it works.
Cross-section of the ARTEMIS bot house showing ARTEMIS being lowered into the culvert. (image: Bill Stone)
Reporting by Peter Kimball