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ApolloJim
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From: Crosby, TX 77532
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posted 09-22-2011 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloJim   Click Here to Email ApolloJim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am starting to restore a RS-18 engine I own. I am wanting to fabricate a skirt for my engine. I am needing to know how this was done.

I would love to know the company who made these for Rocketdyne.

mikej
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From: Germantown, WI USA
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posted 09-23-2011 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The ablative thrust chamber was manufactured by the H.I. Thompson Fiber Glass Company (HITCO); it is still in business as the HITCO Carbon Composites, Inc.

Bell also evaluated thrust chambers from AVCO (maker of the Command Module ablative heat shield material) and Tapco.

ApolloJim
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posted 09-23-2011 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloJim   Click Here to Email ApolloJim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much for the information. I have one thrust chamber that has their name tag on it. I will get in touch with the company to see if they can give me more abut the TC.

ApolloJim
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posted 03-16-2014 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloJim   Click Here to Email ApolloJim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am in the process of restoring an Apollo RS-18 Ascent Engine. The only thing I am missing is the nozzle extension.

I would love to find one for sale or one I could make a mold from. Does anyone know of anyone who worked with these engines?

I also have some parts that look like they were used in the testing of the engine I need to ID.

ApolloJim
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posted 03-27-2014 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloJim   Click Here to Email ApolloJim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need help figuring out a company logo on Apollo Ascent Engine Nozzle (skirt). The company name on the ID tag has been tore off leaving just the last 3 letters TCO. Any help would be appreciated.

I am restoring an RS-18. I will be happy to send anyone the logo as I don't know how to put it on this post.

SpaceAholic
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posted 03-27-2014 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You were provided this information previously.

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