Meet the Massive Machines that Build the World's Newest Telescope
We here at BoldRide can stare for hours at the elegant curves of a Jaguar E-Type, but we understand not everyone is completely in love with cars. What can captivate just about anyone though is the beauty of the night sky, and a new facility has been built to help us see more of it.
It is called the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and as the name suggests, the high tech telescope complex is located in Chile’s Atacama desert, one of the most remote and barren places on the planet. That remoteness is exactly why the spot was chosen, the lack of light pollution is combined with the high altitude, which minimizes the amount of atmosphere between the array and the stars.
But as we said, the conditions that make it ideal for stargazing also make it one of the hardest places to get to– so what do you do about installing an array of 66 massive mirrors that will be able to see well beyond what the human eye can see? With a pair of massive trucks of course!
Otto and Lore, diesel powered transporters built by the Scheuerle corporation, are the names of the two transporters that move in all of the arrays. They were designed for this very facility and weigh in at 130 tons. The 700-hp diesel engine sends power to 28 wheels, and has a top speed of only 12.4 mph– 7.4mph with the antenna on its back.
Because the array is at 16,500 feet, the engines actually make closer to 450 hp, and the operators of these vehicles have seats designed for them to wear an oxygen tank.
With ALMA online, the world will be able to see the universe like never before, and in order for it to all happen, they needed the grunt of tough diesel powered trucks like Otto and Lore