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Transportation by Air-On the Ground

Issue: 1985 Category: Industrial Productivity/Manufacturing Technology Category Icon - Industrial Productivity
Page: 100-103 Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
State: CA Manufacturer: ROLAIR SYSTEMS, INC.
Origin: Space Shuttle/apollo Technology
Tech Terms: Air Flotation Systems, Air Bearings, Gas Bearings, Ground Effect Machines, Transportation
Abstract:
A Rolair air flotation system is a spinoff of NASA/General Motors technology developed for the Apollo Program. It allows heavy loads to be moved easily by separating the load from the ground by a thin air cushion, virtually eliminating surface friction. Rolair Systems, Inc. was formed by former General Motors engineers and has successfully employed the system for both aerospace and nonaerospace industries.
 
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