This is more like it! When USST showed up for the first round of testing, there were only four of them. I was quite disappointed, expecting their usual army. For this round of testing, however, they are here in force, 13 in all.
And they’ve come in style – look at the picture of that truck! Yes it’s a rental, but it’s easily the coolest vehicle I’ve seen so far in this competition. The truck is a Chevy (with a Santini paint job) and is a monster. They are using it to pull the motor home they have with them – I think it could pull a lot more. I asked them if they would wash it for me so I could get a good picture of it, but they declined. Spoilsports…
When I visited their work area yesterday, their climber was mostly assembled – you can see it here. However, you’ll note that they have nothing on there to hold payload (at least I didn’t recognize anything that could be used as such). When I asked what they were going to use (last year they had some tubes mounted to their climber), I just got some smiles and an offhand comment about “we’ll have something”. I’m sure they will.
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