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[i]As a child, Eves watched the historic launch of the Saturn V in 1969 on TV. Eves was captivated with space travel.
"Nobody ever built a rocket that did what the Saturn V did for this country," he said. "It was a victory."
Decades later, the Saturn V is serving as inspiration for Eves' most-epic project: Launching a 1,700-pound rocket powered by nine motors. Projected to reach about 4,000 feet, the rocket, 40 inches in diameter, will be propelled by solid-rocket fuel, generating an estimated 8,000 pounds of thrust and blazing a 30-foot trail of fire. Assembled by crane at the launch site on farmland in Price, Md., the rocket will be attached to a 50-foot steel-framed tower.
Four military-style parachutes, each 28 feet in diameter, will bring the 20-foot stage back to Earth. The amateur rocket is a 1/10 scale version of the legendary NASA rocket.[/i]
[i]Rockets Magazine[/i] is the main sponsor. Another sponsor is PPG Industries, which supplied the paint. The [URL=http://www.rocketsmagazine.com/saturn-v-project/Main.html]magazine's website[/URL] includes a special section about Eves' project.
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