On July 7th, 2016, Bolloré Logistics USA - Houston branch - in collaboration with Bolloré Logistics Amsterdam, successfully handled a shipment of space museum artifacts, from Kansas, USA, to Bratislava, Slovakia.
The material was picked up in Hutchinson, Kansas, where it had been on display at the Cosmosphere Space Museum, and was transported by air to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Bolloré Logistics Amsterdam then arranged the trucking to its final destination of Bratislava.
The shipment consisted of two pieces:
- A Nozzle from the US Space Shuttle program. It never flew, but was used for testing purposes.
This piece measures L122xW96xH100 inches and weighs 635 kg.
- A Soyuz Service Module. The Soyuz spacecraft has three main elements: orbital module (where astronauts go up), reentry capsule (where astronauts come back down), and service module. It is the “tool box” for the astronaut as explained by the shipper and it contains the main engine for the spacecraft.
This piece measures L114xW107xH108 inches and weighs 590 kg.
These space artifacts will be used in a global touring exhibit which has its first stop in Bratislava. It will then be on display in Germany, South America, and South Korea.