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The X-33 weight simulator known as the iron bird is lifted to a vertical position at the X-33 launch site.

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NASA

As part of X-33 launch equipment testing at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, the KSC-developed X-33 weight simulator (top), known as the "iron bird," is lifted to a vertical position at the X-33 launch site. The simulator matches the 75,000-pound weight and 63-foot height of the X-33 vehicle that will be using the launch equipment. KSC's Vehicle Positioning System (VPS) placed the simulator on the rotating launch platform prior to the rotation. The new VPS will dramatically reduce the amount of manual labor required to position a reusable launch vehicle for liftoff

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  • Title: The X-33 weight simulator known as the iron bird is lifted to a vertical position at the X-33 launch site.
  • Location: Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Owner: KSC
  • Album: cbabir
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