Boeing / Saturn V

Boeing / Saturn V

Summary: The Construction of the Saturn V Launch Vehicle by Boeing, North American Aviation, and Douglas Aircraft.

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  • Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and North American Aviation collaborated to develop and produce the mammoth 363-foot Saturn V rocket that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the moon in 1969. All 15 S-1Cs were built between 1965 and 1975. Twelve were used on the Apollo missions, and the 13th, in 1973, placed Skylab in Earth orbit. The remaining rockets were placed on display. (Photo Courtesy Boeing)

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  • The S-IC first stage was constructed at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans. (NASA)

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  • Lest we forget ...

    The only rocket related astronaut deaths before Challenger occurred when Grissom, White and Chafee were performing a simulation test on the ground in the command module named Apollo I. Since NASA was planning to use pure oxygen at 5 PSI in the command module and lunar module once in space, but the pressure had to be normal atmospheric pressure of 15 PSI while on the ground, the initial plan was to use pure oxygen on the ground before launch and reduce the pressure on achieving orbit. However, the electrical wiring on this first test unit was carelessly assembled, and the cockpit was full of flammable materials, which became more flammable in pure oxygen at full atmospheric pressure. A random spark ignited something, and the fire completely consumed the capsule and the astronauts before fire fighting crews could respond.

    As a result of this tragic lesson, the flammable materials were replaced with fire retardant ones, the entire module was rewired to higher standards, and the atmosphere before launch was switched to normal air (10% oxygen), with equipment to replace it with pure oxygen as the pressure was reduced during ascent.

    Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chafee became the first martyr heroes of the space program, and many (perhaps hundreds) of schools and other public buildings were named for them, such as Edward White High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Also it would seem (although there has been no public statement of which I am aware), that the writers of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" paid tribute to Gus Grissom by naming the first director of the fictional Las Vegas CSI unit Gil Grissom.