Is the crawler-transporter still in place underneath the mobile launch platform during the launch?


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The Crawler Transporters are removed once the mobile launch platform is seated on the pad structure.

The mobile Launch Platforms have holes in them allowing rocket exhaust through to the flame trench so leaving the transporter in place would result in it being roasted.

In addition the steady upgrades in capacity of the mobile launch platform carrying weight suggest that they can only support the larger rockets while empty, so even if rebuilt to allow rocket exhaust to pass by they would have had capacity issues once fueling started.


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