April 12th, 2023


Wednesday 12th April, 2023

Cedar Falls Pizza Ranch, 4302 University Avenue, Suite B 

Transporting NASA's Largest Core Stage

Description: The Wheelift transporter was used by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, to move large rocket engines for the Artemis space program.

While the Artemis I mission won't land on the lunar surface, the trip itself will be the farthest a vehicle designed for human astronauts has ever traveled into space. The mission completed a lunar flyby early Monday morning, December 12, 2022.

Program Chair: Steven Crouse

Speaker: Craig Schmeiser, our speaker, is a University of Iowa educated Mechanical Engineer. He joined Doerfer Engineering in Cedar Falls in 1986 as a Project Manager. Doerfer is now known as TDS Automation in Waverly, IA. In 2004 he helped Doerfer develop Wheelift Transporters to move extremely heavy loads.

Craig was first introduced to NASA in 2011 to help with ideas to carry a new large rocket. He retired from Doerfer in 2017. Since then he has been a consulting engineer serving as NASA’s “Subject Matter Expert” for the transporters used to moe the Artemis Core Stage 

Dinner Reservations are made via email:


Please make reservations by noon, Monday April 10th. Guests are always welcome. We need your reservation to enable us to have a name tag for you and also to send you a reminder that you have a meeting at the Pizza Ranch on April 12th at 6:00 pm. 

You are welcome to make a reservation for dinner or just come to the presentation. A program-only reservation is appreciated for a head count.

Meal: Dinner includes pizza buffet, dinner buffet, sides and dessert buffet.

Each member will pay the Pizza Ranch cashier upon entering the restaurant. Seniors (65+) $15.49, adults $17.22. These prices include the tax. 

Gluten free and vegan options are offered by Pizza Ranch