PALFINGER PK16002 loader crane retrieves spacecraft return capsule


On 8th May 2020, a new generation manned spacecraft test landed safely at the Dongfeng landing site, in China. The PK 16002 knuckle boom crane was tasked with the retrieval of the re-entry capsule, lifting it from the desert ground and transporting the capsule out of the Gobi desert overnight.

Purchased more than 12 years old by the local aerospace department, our PK 16002 continues to be reliable and is used for the lifting of precision instruments and equipment. From the launch of Shenzhou VI in 2005, to today’s new generation of manned spacecraft, the recovery of spacecraft’s re-entry capsule has been completed by the truck-mounted crane in PALFINGER.

PALFINGER is proud to be part of mankind’s efforts in our journeys to explore space.

About PALFINGER Asia Pacific

For many years PALFINGER (CEO Andreas Klauser) has been one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative lifting solutions for use on commercial vehicles and in the maritime field. As a multinational group headquartered in Bergheim, Austria, the PALFINGER Group, which has approx. 11,000 employees, generated total sales of approx. EUR 1,75 billion in 2019.

The Group has production and assembly facilities in Europe, in North and South America, as well as in Asia. Singapore based PALFINGER Asia Pacific was established in 2006 as a regional hub to look after distributors and major customers throughout the region. Today PALFINGER Asia Pacific has 15 dealers across 10 countries in Asia Pacific, with a representative office in Indonesia.

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