NEWS | Nov. 26, 2019

REBS: Retrieve Bridge the Right Way

Crewmen,

Your next mission might go nowhere fast if you don’t use the proper procedures while retrieving your Rapidly Emplaced Bridge System (REBS).
        
The pallet pinwheel drive gear on the launch boom can be damaged if the teeth of the pinwheel don’t engage in the grooves between the drive pins in the rail track on the bridge half.
        
If the boom is lifted while the drive pins are sitting on the pinwheel teeth, the weight of the bridge is supported by the pinwheel instead of the boom. Then the pinwheel assembly bolts shear off and the teeth break, damaging equipment and preventing bridge retrieval.
        
So before retrieving the bridge, make sure the pinwheel teeth align with the grooves in the bridge. You’ll find updated instructions on operating your REBS, including a couple of videos, at: