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Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 11-15-2010 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 83 (November 15, 2010)

Space Cover #83, Flown SRB Parachute Test Cover

This space cover of the week comes to you through the efforts of Stan Henderson who was a space cover dealer in the mid to late 1970's.

In August 1977, Robert Rank of Space Voyage covers notified Stan that he had made contact with someone at the National Parachute Range in El Centro, Ca. to possibly carry some covers on the B-52 that was going to make the parachute test drops.

To make a long story short, on January 25, 1978, Stan received the covers in a USPS penalty envelope from the El Centro, Ca. post office with the December 14, 1977 date on the covers. The covers looked as if the USPS had all but destroyed them. They were so wrinkled that they appeared to be beny like an accordion.

The covers were flown on the B-52 and were actually on the solid rocket booster when the main drogue parachute failed to open at 25,000 feet when it dropped from the B-52 for the test.They fell with the solid rocket booster from 25,000 feet to earth and were buried 20-30 feet deep in the ground and had to be dug up. When the solid rocket booster was opened up, the covers were in the condition Stan received them in as a result of the crushed condition of the booster.

Martin Marietta felt so bad about damaging the covers they printed a special enclosure to explain the damage, but did not actually say they were onboard the booster but they were.

It is estimated there were less than 200 covers onboard and is to my knowledge the first covers to be carried on any of the tests to be damaged in testing space shuttle components.

A scan of the Martin Marietts enclosure is shown.


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John Macco
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idrvball
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posted 12-03-2012 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for idrvball   Click Here to Email idrvball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just listed a cover from the failed SRB parachute test in 1977. Any thoughts on the cover would be appreciated.

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 12-03-2012 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tell me- is the cover wrinkled up as if it was in the srb during the test? You cannot see it in my post but the cover is wrinkled. Cover looks like my cover.

idrvball
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posted 12-04-2012 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for idrvball   Click Here to Email idrvball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi John. Yes, the whole left side of the cover is wrinkled. The right side looks as though nothing ever happened.

idrvball
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posted 12-05-2012 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for idrvball   Click Here to Email idrvball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I put up two new photos showing the wrinkled part of the cover from the damage during the test.

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 01-25-2013 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did your cover sell?

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John Macco
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