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ADVANCED LARGE OBJECT RECOVERY SYSTEM,
LOCKHEED MISSILES AND SPACE CO SUNNYVALE CALIF
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In 1969, the Advanced Large Object Recovery System ALORS successfully recovered a 4-ft dia x 15-ft long cylinder from the ocean bottom in 470 ft of water. The large object was recovered first by using Deep Quest to bring up the recovery module with the entrapped object, and then by having TransQuest hoist the module and object from the bottom after they were released from Deep Quest. The two recoveries climaxed a series of operations in which the technical and operational difficulties and obstacles associated with large object recovery were encountered and overcome, thereby providing a realistic design base for the development of large object recovery systems for other programs. This concludes the planned activity in large object recovery under the LMSC Independent Development Program. Author
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