Space Surveillance Telescope Lifting Project

White Sands, NM


Massachusetts Institute of Technology



The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) has a 3.5 m dia. primary mirror with large, curved, focal surface array sensors. The device offers a wider view of deep space objects to support broad-area searches and to detect and track microsatellites, space debris, and other objects. To install the SST at White Sands Missile Range, the team needed to lift and lower individual components weighing up to 110,000 lbs into an existing enclosure building. SGH prepared the critical lift plans, and made recommendations for the crane selection and lifting procedures.