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Robert Pearlman

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posted 12-31-2004 12:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
by Alan Lawrie
Saturn V was the largest, most powerful rocket ever produced. Developed in the 1960s, in response to President Kennedy's call for a moon landing by the end of the decade, it rose from the drawing board to flight vehicle in record time. The rocket was masterminded by Wernher Von Braun and did not fail in any of its flights.

The story of the moon missions is well known with many books and films on the subject. Little has been written on the Saturn V rocket and next to nothing on the development, manufacturing and testing of the rocket stages.

In this book, for the first time ever, the detailed story of the history of each Saturn V stage is presented. This includes the 45 flight stages built and all of the various test stages. Most of the stages ended up being launched. Some are in museums, some were destroyed on the ground and some are so obscure they are detailed for the first time in this book.

The book traces each stage from the start of manufacturing, through assembly, testing, static firing and transport to the Kennedy Space Center. Facilities across the US were used to manufacture and test the hardware at a pace demanded by the Kennedy pronouncement. Engines were built by Rocketdyne and the rocket stages by Boeing, North American Aviation and the Douglas Company. Testing took place in Santa Susana, Sacramento, Mississippi and other facilities around the country. There were many problems along the way and all are covered in a detail never published before. Stages blew up, materials disintegrated, engines exploded.

The development of the F1 and J2 rocket engines is covered as well as details of all the major manufacturing and testing facilities.

Throughout, unprecedented details of dates, times, events and parameters are presented.

Other unique aspects of the book include:

  • details of the history of each and every engine on each stage including a log of engine allocation
  • details of the transportation of each stage and engine by various means such as truck, barge, boat, super Guppy aircraft including a unique log of these trips
  • details of every firing including timelines, test stands, problems, performance details plus logs of each firing on each stage
To supplement the book many photographs that have never been published before have been obtained and appear for the first time.

The location of the remaining hardware is identified with photographs of the museum pieces.

Research for the book has taken over two years and included unique access to all the major facilities and NASA history offices and libraries. Information has been obtained from Saturn veterans and also through the Freedom of Information Act.

In summary this book has the first ever comprehensive presentation of the complete Saturn stage and engines activities from the early 1960s to the conclusion of the program in the mid 1970s.

Bonus CD-ROM includes rare film footage.

E2M Lem Man

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posted 09-05-2005 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Saturn" is what the cover says, but open the book and you find the real name and importance of this book. "Saturn V: The Complete Manufacturing and Test Records." This is what today's engineers and rocket scientists have been looking for to assist them in the construction of the next heavy lift booster to get us back to the Moon and Mars, and every fan of the Saturn- Apollo program will have to have this book in their library!

Many of these records were misplaced and presumed lost after Project Apollo, as NASA had not the funds to care and file them. But Alan Lawrie and Robert Godwin searched archives around the United States and England to reconstruct them for this book. This new publication tells what happened to each and every stage of every Saturn V launch vehicle ever assembled, even the ones that were not used!

It begins with the rare Saturn V news reference to give the reader a familiarity with the Saturn. Then it documents the facilities and transportation methods, and then the engines themselves and then each vehicle built.

The book goes into the construction, movement, testing, assembly and launch. It goes into the test stands and tells what happened before the flight versions were built and it details every test firing of every rocket engine for the mighty Moon rocket.

How many people know that the third stage for the first manned flight to the Moon (Apollo 8), exploded on the test stand (S-IVB 503) and had to be replaced (S-IVB 503-N for New construction)? and that Apollo 16's Saturn V first stage (S1C-11) caught fire on the test stand and took a year to rebuild, and almost delayed the Apollo-11 which was on the launch pad counting down for it's historic mission?

The book sadly concludes with the rare Saturn V payload planners guide that details how Saturn could easily have allowed us to launch probes around the Solar System. A lesson that we hope is not lost on the new generation.

Every major director and engineer of every major contractor who is planning to build the new launch vehicle will want to buy this book, because they no longer have to go through the NASA archives digging and hoping to find these nuggets of information about how we did it before!

The bonus DVD/ROM includes the vehicle records and films of Saturn assembly, and various tests firings.

Errors... The color section has a photo of the stacking of the Apollo space craft on the third stage of Apollo-Saturn 500F that is wrongly listed as erection of the launch escape system for Apollo 6 two years before this happened? S-IVB-DF (pg. 255) wasn't this kept at JSC until the late 80's as part of the public tour of Skylab? DVD-Video disc menu in back - First test firing of S-1C-T at Mississippi test Facility March 1967? ...or 1965!

Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-13-2005 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apogee Books' newsletter:
Our latest best seller is Saturn by well known space author Alan Lawrie. It's in stores now, but here's an interesting twist, after speaking with one of our other authors (Ed Buckbee: The Real Space Cowboys) we decided that we wanted to help the US Space & Rocket Center (Which was first envisioned by Buckbee) to raise funds in order to move and house its own Saturn V. So with Ed's help we have managed to tempt most of the surviving original von Braun Huntsville rocket team to sign 200 copies of the book which we will sell on our website to help raise those funds for the new building that is needed in Huntsville. Signatories include Conrad Dannenberg, Ernst Stuehlinger, Fred Ordway, and about 60 others who were all directly involved in creating the Saturn V rocket. An artifact such as this we believe has never been available for purchase before and we expect to have great demand for them once we put them up on our website shortly. I will advise everybody as soon as they are available to purchase.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-12-2005 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Apogee Books:
Many members of Dr. Wernher von Braun's teams including surviving members of the Operation Paperclip team who escaped Germany at the end of World War II gathered in Huntsville to sign copies of our Saturn book authored by Alan Lawrie. Noted participants included Konrad Dannenberg, Ernst Stuehlinger, Jack Lee and Charles Lundquist. The books will be numbered and will come with a certificate of authenticity. The number of copies is limited to 200. This highly desirable artifact will no doubt become a priceless collectible in the near future. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly to the US Space & Rocket Centers Saturn V Restoration Project in Huntsville. Maintaining America's priceless space history such as that at Huntsville will hopefully inspire future generations to exceed to an exceptional degree as Wernher von Braun and his teams always did.


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posted 04-23-2010 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Saturn is being reissued in July (New Edition).

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