Topic: Manufacturing history for Apollo Block II CMs
DeltaV New Member
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posted 06-22-2009 01:56 PM
Were the Block 2 Apollo command modules (CMs) manufactured prior to the Apollo 1 fire and later modified or were they constructed after the fire? Does anyone have the manufacture dates of CMs #098 through #119?
John Charles Member
Posts: 316 From: Houston, Texas, USA Registered: Jun 2004
posted 06-22-2009 08:18 PM
I do not have the manufacturing dates handy, but the Block 2 design was mature before the fire. Fore example, the McDivitt crew was inside CM-101 at North American in Downey on the day of the fire.
As you probably know, after the fire, the decision was made to delete any manned Block 1 flights and to proceed with Block 2 flights in vehicles modified (but not really totally redesigned) to make them more fire resistant.
The remaining Block 1 CMs flew on the first two Saturn V flights to test the general spacecraft capability for high-speed re-entry, and included new Block 2 features such as the unified hatch.