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Dave Hughes
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posted 07-10-2013 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Hughes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just looking for history from the members on why LC-37A was never used for Saturn launch activities. Was there some type of technical reason why Pad B was used exclusively at Pad 37?

tfrielin
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posted 07-11-2013 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tfrielin   Click Here to Email tfrielin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the short answer is the rather rapid scale-down of the Apollo Applications Program that envisioned lots of Saturn 1B missions to a series of Skylabs.

Once it became apparent that Skylab was all AAP would amount to, NASA studied moving Saturn IB launch operations to the VAB and LC-39 to consolidate all launch operations — the remaining Saturn V launches and the Saturn 1B traffic for Skylab and ASTP.

Thus, one MLP was modified for Saturn IB use (the Milkstool) and LC-37 was decommissioned.

See the NASA Histories Moonport and Living and Working in Space for more on this issue. Also my article "The Future of Manned Spaceflight: The View From 1966" in Spaceflight magazine back in 2007 for a look at the Saturn traffic NASA envisioned before the budget cuts curtailed it all.

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