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SpaceAholic
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From: Sierra Vista, Arizona
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posted 08-30-2005 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have recently added an Apollo Fuel Cell assembly to my collection (technically its a Fuel Cell simulator however it is in every respect an actual fuel cell with the exception of some interface modifications to permit simulation of Command Service Module interfaces).

For those diehard Apollo hardware collectors, posting some preliminary images (high resolution variants will be posted to my website shortly).

Spacepsycho
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From: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Registered: Aug 2004

posted 08-30-2005 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! Congratulations on this incredible piece and I'm greener than the jolly green giant on St. Patrick's Day. I love this piece, how you come up with these amazing artifacts baffles me, but I'm happy that you're sharing them.

By the way, I saw the lunar module panel in the background, is that your way of making everyone drool more?

Is it possible to get this fuel cell working or is it not worth the effort? I think I have a schematic of this in one of my Apollo manuals and do you need any technical info on it?

Absolutely incredible and good for you.

SpaceAholic
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posted 08-31-2005 02:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ray. It may be theoretically possible to revive the cell but it would require extraordinary logistical support that far exceeds my skill and resources (sourcing and working with the LOX/LH2 for example).

I have uploaded some preliminary images to the website, documentation to follow.

tegwilym
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From: Crest Airpark (S36) Kent, WA
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posted 08-31-2005 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you fire that thing up, just be careful when you stir the cryo tanks.

You do have some amazing toys in your collection.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 09-01-2005 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott, when I look at your fuel cell, LM control panel and other pieces on your website I cannot help but think of the Johnny Cash song... "One piece at a time"!

Only a few million more to go my friend.

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-01-2005 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, I bet collectively as a community we are almost there. Given all the parts/pieces in the collectSPACE members homes, NASA will be hard pressed not to come to us when they build the next Apollo!

nasamad
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posted 09-01-2005 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To me its a work of art, to your wife it must be a 250lb dusting nightmare!

Great piece Scott, any history on the item?

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-01-2005 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A dust magnet for sure...

History - my understanding is that this fuel cell (which according to the Pratt Whitney label plate is serial number 1) was used with each of the Command/Service Modules as part of the pre-flight integration/interface testing of the assembled LO2/LH2 shelves and to validate the electrical interconnects were functional.

Since there were three operational fuel cells per CSM, the assumption is that two other similarly configured fuel cells are circulating in museum/public domain channels, which originally comprised the complete power plant.

Would certainly be interested in hearing from anybody who has additional background information...

divemaster
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posted 09-01-2005 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With gas at its current prices, maybe you should refurbish it and toss it in your trunk!

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