When the USCSS Prometheus departed for LV-223, it carried three RTs in its hangar. Two were in the standard configuration, but another one had an open bed to transport and deploy an ATV NR6. All RT Series Group Transports aboard the ship were presumably destroyed when the Prometheus collided with the Juggernaut above the surface of LV-223.
Behind the Scenes
Looks for the RT Series Group Transport covered a lot of territory, ranging from hovercraft to trailer rigs to even flight-capable configurations. In fact, most of the different RT designs allowed for some form of aerial travel, even as late as the final RT design seen in the film. Some concept art for the hovercraft-like RT (seen to the right) featured a Weyland logo which strangely, rather than being based on the version in the 1979 film Alien (directed by Prometheus director Ridley Scott), was based on the design seen in the 1986 sequel to Alien, Aliens.
The final design for the RT appears to have taken inspiration from the SHADO Mobile from the British television series UFO (1970-1971) as both vehicles feature similar colors and cockpits. The final design may have also taken a limited amount of inspiration from the APC seen in Aliens, as both were armored personnel carriers.
Three RT Series Group Transports, built upon the chassis of Tatra T813s used by the Military of the Czech Republic, were constructed for Prometheus, including one with an open bed to transport and deploy an ATV NR6.
An RT prop was on display at the premiere of Prometheus, which took place on May 31, 2012. The RT was parked in front of the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, a few minutes walk away from the blue carpet.
An RT prop used in Prometheus and a functioning ATV were later donated to the Conventry Transport Museum. The museum acquired the props when they were was contacted by someone who worked on the film, who asked them if we would like them.
They arrived in Conventry earlier in the week of July 11, 2012 on the back of a low-loader and were driven into the museum. It took "some to-ing and fro-ing with Fox and a bit of a headache about how [they] were going to fit them in the Museum". The RT was driven by the person who delivered them, and there were a few "hairy moments" as there are no mirrors, so the driver can only see a limited area at the front of the vehicle, and the RT is "blummin massive." According to the museum's marketing manager Stephanie Brown, "there was about 6” clearance on either side as it came through the Museum’s loading doors."
Gary Hall, Chief Executive at Coventry Transport Museum, said of the acquisition:
- "We are absolutely over the moon to have been given these two incredible vehicles – it is very unusual for film studios to allow vehicles from major motion pictures to go on display. This is therefore a huge coup for us as a Museum, and we are extremely privileged to be able to give the public a chance to get up close and personal with the actual vehicles that they have seen on the big screen in Prometheus."
- ―Gary Hall
- The RT has often been referred to as the "RT01 Transport", even officially. However, this name seems to be a mistake as it seems to be taken from the "RT01" labels seen on the side of some of the Rovers; some of them feature "RT02" or "RT03" instead.
Behind the scenes
- Project Prometheus (archived) - The Mission Database section of Project Prometheus with a picture of the "RT01 Transport".
- Introducing the RT01 TRANSPORT (archived) - The page linked in the Mission Database.
- Rt01 | The Weyland Chronicles
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Weyland Industries". Retrieved on January 19, 2014. "One of our most popular and best-selling products. The RT Series Group Transport's shape-memory alloy wheel system has nano-reinforced hard-composite treads that resist temps up to 2000°F. Its ceramic gas turbine engine has .4 million pounds of thrust making its cargo weight virtually unlimited. With an 5.7 meter wheelbase, the personnel bay fits up to 20 occupants."
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Prometheus - Weyland Corp Archive Second Screen App
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Building the SHADO Mobile from Gerry Anderson's U F O". Retrieved on January 19, 2014.
- ↑ Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual
- ↑ http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tatra_813_KOLOS_1.jpg
- ↑ http://www.prometheus2-movie.com/community/forums/topic/18762
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 "Coventry Transport Museum - PROMETHEUS Vehicles to go on display". Coventry Transport Museum (July 11, 2012). Retrieved on January 19, 2014.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 "EXCLUSIVE: interview with Coventry Transport Museum about the Prometheus vehicles exhibit and their work | The Weyland Chronicles". The Weyland Chronicles (July 16, 2012). Retrieved on January 19, 2014.
- ↑ http://www.weylandchronicles.com/2012/07/check-out-these-exclusive-hi-res-pics-of-the-prometheus-rt01-arriving-at-coventry-transport-museum/
- ↑ https://twitter.com/CarmenKelly/status/197078801149198336
- ↑ https://twitter.com/CarmenKelly/status/197091287701262336
- ↑ https://twitter.com/PrometheusMovie/status/197721764741124097/photo/1
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 http://benprocter.squarespace.com/prometheus/costumes-props-rovers/</ref