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E2M Lem Man
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posted 03-12-2007 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know of any Apollo LES towers and rockets — dummies preferably, that we can get donated to the City of Downey to restore Apollo BP-6 to display condition?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-12-2007 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim, I don't know of a spare LES but BP-23, which flew Pad Abort Test-2 after BP-6, is mated with its launch abort system where it sits at Marshall Space Flight Center. According to a post on another website, the engines on that LES were recently found to be still active, making people wary of starting on its restoration.

SpaceAholic
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posted 03-12-2007 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Im certain the folks at Thiokol would be all over this if they were asked to assist; the pitch control, tower jettison and launch escape motor's all had launch pad installable (and therefore likely removable) pyrotechnic igniter cartridges to inert the engines.

If it's standard Thiokol fare, the propellant grains would have been cast into the combustion chambers and cant be non-destructively extracted (maybe Thiokol can seal up the chambers after pyrotechnics are removed.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 03-15-2007 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's great guys. Now do we know anyone at Thiokol? Now I will speak to the guys at Marshall Space Flight Center and see if we can do this!

The Aerospace Legacy Foundation team is excited and so are some of the people I have spoken to on the exhibit design team!

Keep up with the info guys, This is great!

space1
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posted 04-03-2007 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by E2M Lem Man:
Does anyone know of any Apollo LES towers and rockets — dummies preferably, that we can get donated to the City of Downey to restore Apollo BP-6 to display condition?
If you're not able to find one, I could build a mock-up one for you using the escape tower drawings. Let me know if you're interested.

Meademan
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posted 11-10-2012 04:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have any of the flown LES towers ever been recovered?

I wonder what happened to them? At the bottom of the Atlantic I guess?

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