Chock wheels of the disabled launch vehicle prior to disconnecting towing vehicle.
Recovery of an overturned DSB launch vehicle is generally in accord with Army
FM 9-43-2 `RECOVERY AND BATTLEFIELD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AND
With particular reference to sections on: `SPECIAL RECOVERY
SITUATIONS - OVERTURNED LAUNCH VEHICLE and RECOVERY METHODS
USING WHEEL RECOVERY VEHICLES'.
To upright an overturned launch vehicle, the use of two recovery vehicles is
required. The required capacity for each of these vehicles is as follows: -
60000 lb (27223 kg)
Boom hoist winch capacity
30000 lb (13612 kg). This assumes an equal lift
on each boom
The first recovery vehicle attaches both its winch and boom hoist winch to the
forward shackle on the high side of the overturned launch vehicle. (See Figure 12.
24 for forward attachment points and Figure 12. 25 for rear attachment points). The
second recovery vehicle attaches its winch to the rear high side vehicle shackle and
its boom hoist winch to the slide frame lifting lug. (See Figure 12. 26). The launch
vehicle is then recovered using the methodology as described in the FM 9-43-2
of Recovered Launch Vehicle
The recovered launch vehicle may be towed using a vehicle of sufficient capacity.
The fully laden launch vehicle weighs 88,600 lb (40,181 kg). The launch vehicle MUST be
FLAT TOWED and NOT LIFT TOWED.
For further information on towing a launch vehicle vehicle, refer to TM 9-2320-364-
10 section 2-55.