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From: Longview, Texas, USA
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 03-30-2013 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dtemple   Click Here to Email dtemple     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend of mine who worked for GE and was assigned to Project Apollo at MSC-Houston in the '60s gave to me a notebook full of NAA-Rockwell memos from the 1967-68 time frame. Much of it deals with electromagnetic interference anomalies during tests of various spacecraft (i.e., BP-14, LTA-8, S/C 101, etc).

However, one interesting memo was in regard to LES-012, the launch escape system for the Apollo 1 spacecraft (S/C 012). It authorized its refurbishment and reallocation to the "Block II CSM program."

Does anyone know what the final disposition was for this particular LES? To my knowledge, it was never flown. I always suspected it was stored with the Apollo 1 CM components at Langley or was scrapped.

On a related note, I seem to recall SM-012 was stored at NAA-Downey until the early '70s at which point it was scrapped.


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From: Sierra Vista, Arizona
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posted 03-31-2013 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA end item disposition reporting as of 1978 reflects the S/C 012 LES at KSC


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From: Australia
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posted 04-01-2013 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If NASA went to the expense of refurbishing it, I wonder why it was not reused.

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