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posted 03-25-2014 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JiminMaine   Click Here to Email JiminMaine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your help, please! I see that spaceflori is selling a numbered photo presentation sheet with a snippet of kapton foil from Apollo 11. He says the foil came from Havekotte and O.W. Nasse.

Meanwhile, "The Space Store" is selling exactly the same sheet and foil, but attributes the kapton to D. Williamson.

So: (1) who actually manufactured these presentation sheets?; (2) from where, in fact, did the kapton come?; and (3) where can a collector go to get 100% genuine kapton without these kinds of mix-ups? Thanks!


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posted 03-26-2014 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceflori   Click Here to Email spaceflori     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fairly easy: The Apollo 11 Kapton material comes partly from Ken Havekotte (OW Nasse originally) and Dick Williamson — I have used both sources to make the presentations. They were done by me.


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posted 03-26-2014 03:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And JimInMaine, in case this was a concern, I think you will find that Spaceflori has an impeccable reputation in the space collecting community.

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posted 03-27-2014 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not just Dick Williamson, but others that originally provided Kapton material from flown Apollo command module spacecrafts would be Terry Slezak (one of the first to do so), Robert Miner, and O. W. Nasse.

All of these former Apollo program veterans, mostly associated with North American Rockwell's Space Division at the time, had a direct "hands on" participation with the returning Apollo command modules during their safety and post-landing operations.

All except Nasse provided their own produced Kapton certificates, even long before Spaceflori was able to obtain Kapton from Williamson and myself.

My firm's produced Kapton certificates for Apollo 11 only came from Nasse himself (and his family), I think, nearly 15 or so years ago.

Throughout the 1990s, however, I did meet with Bob Miner, but never acquired Kapton insulation from CM-107/Columbia from him at the time.


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posted 03-27-2014 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Collective use Kapton Foil from Ken Havekotte. But there are a few decent sources of material.

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