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spacemal
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posted 01-09-2019 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacemal   Click Here to Email spacemal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am currently working on an chronology/article covering the construction and testing of the lunar module and seek some help in obtaining some images of certain articles. Does anyone have some images of; TM-2 (often confused for LTA-8) and, PA-1, PD-1 (or PD-2) the propulsion test rigs used at White Sands?

Also, would welcome any articles about LM testing at WSMF. Any help greatly appreciated.

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posted 01-09-2019 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo Program Summary Report has a paragraph on page 4-59 about lunar module test models, but does not mention TM-2:
Sixteen test models were used in the lunar module development program. Most of the test models were specialized for specific investigations and were not complete ascent and descent stage configurations. These models were used for such things as crew visability and mobility studies (TM-1), radio frequency tests (TM-3), pyrotechnic studies of ascent/descent stage separation (TM-4), lightweight descent stage landing studies and stowage reviews (TM-5), rendezvous radar antenna tests (TM-6 and TM-7), landing radar tests (TM-8), reaction control system plume impingement tests (TM-9), battery installation thermal tests (TM-13), docking tunnel tests (TM-14), descent stage thermal tests (TM-15 and TM-17), and descent stages structural tests (TM-16).

spacemal
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posted 01-10-2019 04:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacemal   Click Here to Email spacemal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Strange it does not include TM-2. It was used for early thermal vacuum tests and had similar "stripped" appearance to LTA-8, hence the frequent confusion, but it was different in its basic form, such as the skin over the APS fuel tank. There is a small picture of it in Apollo Chronology volume 4, page 51.

spacemal
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posted 01-11-2019 03:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacemal   Click Here to Email spacemal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also good picture of TM-2 in Joshua Stoff's book "Building Moonships: The Grumman Lunar Module," although it is wrongly stated as being LTA-8 (page 78).

paulj
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posted 01-18-2019 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulj   Click Here to Email paulj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am asking this on behalf of collectSPACE member spacemal. Does anyone know the origin, i.e. document, of the following page please?

If so, do you have a copy of doc to share? I'm trying to finish a chronology of the LM. Thank you.

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