Quebec company chosen to develop device for SpaceX
March 13, 2018 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Mar. 13, 2018 – Canadian company Creepex is about to deliver the first mechanic creeper specially designed to work and inspect the belly of Falcon 9 rockets produced by SpaceX.
After trying the BodyGuard creeper — a patented Creepex product presented at the SEMA show in Las Vegas — a SpaceX engineer contacted the Quebec City-based company to develop a specially designed and engineered creeper enabling their engineers to work and inspect comfortably the belly of their Falcon 9 rockets.
Founded in 2011 by Erik Sieb and Andre Wagner, Creepex designs, manufactures and distributes garage equipment, mainly mechanic creepers and its flagship model, the FastBack.
While the code name of the new device is Under Rocket Mobility (URM), its manoeuvrability and ease of adjustment make it fit for many other applications such as: aeronautical, trains and subways, machinery, tunnel boring machines as well as any other industry that requires very precise and secure working positions, describes the company.
Based in Hawthorne, Calif., SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, describing itself as the only private company to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. In 2017, SpaceX successfully achieved the first reflight of an orbital class rocket. Recently, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket with a Tesla Roadster as payload to orbit Mars. Its majority shareholder is Elon Musk.