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This provides information on acceleration forces in various situations and is intended to add to transportation related answers. In a vehicle accident deceleration forces in the direction of travel are ~= g_forces = V^2/(20 x d) V - metres per second d - stopping distance in metres At say 30 m/s ~= 108 kph ~= 67 mph g = 45/d To get <= 10g you ...


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Since your University was going to use a private jet for this transfer, I think it would be more consistent to ask university administrators about a similar alternative. I don't see how they would approve of a personal vehicle being used for university business as a cargo truck. Nor would they sign off on using a standard airfare on a commercial airliner. ...


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Jcaron hit that in his comment. If your university can afford their own private jet they have enough cash to: Pay for delicate cargo delivery with all service. Large, precious, expensive assemblies are being transported all the time. It is safe, it is usual, it is just not cheap. Fly the grounded plane on their own since it will be a cargo flight, excluded ...


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Congrats on participating in such a nice project. Only one person can tell you what is best to do, and this is your boss/professor/supervisor aka the person in charge and resposible for this project. Ask her and do what she says. All option are actually fine and the chance of the thing getting damaged is really low, but if it gets damaged you want to have ...


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Not particularly suggesting flying the thing down commercial, but if you do, there is one thing that can reduce the risks.... Pack a (legal) hand gun or starters pistol in the case with the expensive thing, and inform the TSA agent of this before attempting to check the bag (Don't worry the process diverges from normal at this point). You and your case will ...


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Use the commercial flight, identify and insure your package appropriately,but have the fall-back: another flight, and eventually the drive. No document you can carry, or conversation you can have, will save you from misguided authority. That said, once you and the package are on the flight very little can go wrong; it is much safer to fly this distance ...


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Source: I had a small hand in a cubesat built in West Virginia and was around during launch integration preparation. Our contract lead filed paperwork ahead of time with the TSA. (Various forms, I wish I knew what exactly they were, but it was a waiting game.) The forms outlined the capabilities of the cubesat, who would be transporting it, what dates and ...


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The word you're looking for is supercargo That is a human: the responsible person whose job it is to physically escort the cargo. It is perfectly common when you have a high-6-digit payload like this. Recognize that the valuation is not your material costs with labor free. Valuation is the cost of having Rocketdyne or Boeing build you another one at ...


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For shipping and transportation, your greatest risk for misadventure is not on the long-haul part of the journey, but at the hand-offs. Damage is most likely to happen during loading and unloading, during shifting and settling at the beginning of a journey and through mishandling in hubs and depots. Items don't get "lost" during transit. They got lost as ...


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I'd say driving is probably preferable, but our lab has transported cubesats as hand luggage on commercial flights before. We use the same type of packaging as you describe. I think you'd be surprised at the variety of things TSA see. They may not have seen a cubesat before, but they've definitely seen plenty of weird stuff, including electronics. If you go ...


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Drive. Insurance won't help with something you can't replace and may not have time to repair, and you don't want the stress dealing with the risks of handing over control. Do yourself a favour and drive your satellite yourself; with at least two (preferably three) drivers you can easily drive 2000 km in two days and by driving you save yourself a lot of ...


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Contact a parcel carrier such as UPS, DHL, Fedex, etc. They all have options for delivering high value items which may or may not meet your needs. For instance, DHL offers a separate delivery vehicle with two drivers and live GPS tracking along the way. UPS has "UPS Express Critical" service for perishable goods with guaranteed schedule and controlled ...


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This is something you will need to talk directly to the airline about, or a specialist freight carrier or courier. Most airlines offer a high value item service, where special care and attention is taken with your item, and most airlines will be able to work with you for any specific requirements you require - for example, a controlled environment et al. ...


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Checked baggage is a risk no matter how well you pack it...and if you disclose that it's both delicate and very valuable, the airline's T&C will require that you execute a Waiver of Liability before they'll carry it. Thus, treat it as though it's a irreplaceable musical instrument: a) Make sure CubeSat's container can be easily opened so you can ...


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