Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicle (Google eBook)

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DIANE Publishing, 1999 - 511 pages
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A classic study of the development of the Saturn launch vehicle that took Americans to the Moon in the 1960s. This Saturn rocket was developed as a means of accomplishing President Kennedy1s 1961 commitment for the U.S. to reach the Moon before the end of the decade. This book not only tells the important story of the development of the Saturn rocket, and the people who designed and built it, but also recounts the stirring exploits of its operational life from orbital missions around Earth testing Apollo equipment to the Moon and back. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the development of space flight in America. Black and white photos.
  

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Review: Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles

User Review  - Rod Pyle - Goodreads

Bilstein has created a tome worthy of every space enthusiast's reference shelf. Note that I say "reference." This is not a casual summer read, it's a dense, complete telling of the development of the ... Read full review

Review: Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch Vehicles

User Review  - Warren Long - Goodreads

Gives a good view of how the boosters were developed. Things blew up, causes determined, fixed, repeat. Should also read Chariots For Apollo, the companion book and building the capsules. Read full review

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Page 55 - Now it is time to take longer strides, time for a great new American enterprise, time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on earth.
Page 458 - David S. Akens, Historical Origins of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC Historical Monograph No.
Page 369 - ... went into an Earth-escape trajectory. The spacecraft continued toward the moon and entered into a low, circular lunar orbit. Stafford and Cernan undocked the LM and flew even closer to the lunar surface, testing the descent stage, which was jettisoned before the ascent stage rendezvoused with the CSM. The mission demonstrated the lunar orbit rendezvous technique and verified LM operations in the lunar environment, along with Apollo mission guidance, control, radar, TV transmission, and other...
Page 489 - Saturn V Only a Beginning," Science News, 1 1 Nov. 1967, pp. 472-473. 57. For a review of the scientific gear, experiments, and results, see Richard S. Lewis, The Voyages of Apollo: The Exploration of The Moon (New York, 1974). CHAPTER 13 1. David S. Akens, Skylab Illustrated Chronology, 1962-1973, MSFC, 1 May 1973, pp. 1-7; James ' Murphy to Robert G. Sheppard, "Comment Edition of History of Saturn Launch Vehicles," with enclosures, 15 June 1976.
Page 53 - Our scientific accomplishments to date are impressive, but unfortunately, against the background of Soviet accomplishments with large boosters, they have not been impressive enough. Our review of the United States space program has disclosed a number of organizational and management deficiencies as well as problems of staffing and direction which should receive prompt attention from the new administration. These include serious problems within NASA, within the military establishment...
Page 368 - And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you all of you on the good Earth.
Page 13 - The Air Force, successful in long-range bombardment operations during the war, made a strong case for leadership in missile development. On the other hand, the Navy worked up studies showing the capabilities of missile operations from ships and submarines, and the Army viewed missiles as logical adjuncts to heavy artillery. But the Air Force had initiated long-range missile development even before the end of the war, and this momentum gave them early preeminence in the field of missile development....
Page 372 - Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
Page 463 - June 1962, pp. 1-5. 30. Logsdon, "Selecting," pp. 69-70; interview, Robert C. Seamans, Jr., NASA, 27 Mar. 1964. According to von Braun, Wiesner said later that he felt all three modes (direct, EOR, LOR) were feasible, but that more study and more effort might have been given to a Saturn V direct mode mission. Von...
Page 465 - Dieter K. Huzel and David H. Huang, Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines, NASA SP-125 (Washington, 1971).

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