NASA’s Super Guppy transport aircraft has arrived in California, USA. He delivered parts for a future mission to the moon.
An oversized cargo plane transported parts of NASA’s huge Saturn V rocket in preparation for landing on the moon in the 1960s and 1970s. In November, it is transporting components for the Artemis lunar missions, which are slated to launch in 2025. This is reported by NASA in its blog.
The Super Guppy was carrying a heat shield for a future mission for NASA’s Artemis IV mission to Moffett Federal Airfield. It is located near the Ames Research Center (ARC) in California’s Silicon Valley, where the next phase of production will take place.
The Super Guppy was developed back in 1962 to carry parts that are too large for more conventional cargo planes. The authors of the first prototype are engineers at Aero Spacelines, which converted the Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker into a massive cargo plane, originally called the Pregnant guppy.
Three years later, Aero Spacelines built a larger version of the aircraft, the Super Guppy. It had a cargo compartment with a diameter of 7.6 m and a hinged bow. Airbus later acquired the rights to Super Guppy from the now defunct company Aero Spacelines. Today NASA is launching the only remaining flying giant model to transport rocket parts.