Stages to Saturn [electronic resource] : a technological history of the Apollo/Saturn launch vehicles /
Roger E. Bilstein.
Washington, DC : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA History Office : For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., 1996.
xx, 511 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0160489091, 9780160489099
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Washington, DC : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA History Office : For sale by the U.S. G.P.O., Supt. of Docs., 1996.
contents note
Prologue -- The Saturn building blocks -- Fire, smoke, and thunder : the engines -- Building the Saturn V -- Coordination : men and machines -- Step by step -- Epilogue.
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"Original publication date: 1980."
Shipping list no.: 1997-0125-P.
"A classic study of the development of the Saturn launch vehicle that took Americans to the moon in the 1960s"-back cover.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 493-500) and index.
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This book was originally published in 1980; it is now updated with a new preface to bring the history up to the 21st century. Bilstein (emer., history, Univ. of Houston, Clear Lake) offers a classic study of the Saturn launch vehicle. He begins with a brief history of the origins of space flight. Aerospace organizations and their origins are clearly discussed along with missions and manufacturing issues. The rest of the book tracks the development of the Saturn rocket in more or less chronological order within each of the primary systems, e.g., engine technology and cryogenic technology. The alternatives that were investigated are mentioned and the reasons for particular choices are plainly explained. The importance of many of the key players, in particular German rocket scientists, is shown throughout, but much of the story is based on the technical and mission requirements. Even though the Saturn launch vehicle played a minor role in the total duration of the mission, this story demonstrates the amount of research, development, and testing that was necessary for its success. Useful for historians interested in the space program and engineers interested in seeing how a massive engineering project can be done. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates; professionals; two-year technical program students. D. B. Mason Albright College
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A classic study of the development of the Saturn launch vehicle that took Americans to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s, Stages to Saturn is one of the finest official histories ever produced. The Saturn rocket was developed as a means of accomplishing President John F. Kennedy's goal for the United States to reach the moon before the end of the decade. Without the Saturn V rocket, with its capability of sending as payload the Apollo Command and Lunar Modules--along with support equipment and three astronauts--more than a quarter of a million miles from earth, Kennedy's goal would have been unrealizable. Stages to Saturn not only tells the important story of the research and development of the Saturn rockets and the people who designed them but also recounts the stirring exploits of their operations, from orbital missions around earth testing Apollo equipment to their journeys to the moon and back. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the development of space flight in America and the course of modern technology, this reprint edition includes a new preface by the author providing a 21st-century perspective on the historic importance of the Saturn project.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2003 Edition
Prologuep. 1
Concepts and Originsp. 3
The Saturn Building Blocksp. 23
Aerospace Alphabet : ABMA, ARPA, MSFCp. 25
Missions, Modes, and Manufacturingp. 57
Fire, Smoke, and Thunder: The Enginesp. 87
Conventional Cryogenics: The H-1 and the F-1p. 89
Unconventional Cryogenics: RL-10 and J-2p. 129
Building the Saturn Vp. 155
From the S-IV to the S-IVBp. 157
The Lower Stages: S-IC and S-IIp. 191
From Checkout to Launch: The Quintessential Computerp. 235
Coordination: Men and Machinesp. 259
Managing Saturnp. 261
The Logistics Tanglep. 293
Step by Stepp. 321
Qualifying the Cluster Conceptp. 323
The Giant Leapp. 347
Epiloguep. 379
Legaciesp. 381
Schematic of Saturn Vp. 405
Saturn V Prelaunch - Launch Sequencep. 407
Saturn Flight Historyp. 413
Saturn R&D Funding Historyp. 421
Saturn V Contractorsp. 423
Location of Remaining Saturn Hardwarep. 439
NASA Organization During Apollo-Saturnp. 441
MSFC Personnel During Apollo-Saturnp. 449
Notesp. 457
Sources and Research Materialp. 493
Indexp. 501
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