gordo - 22/1/2007 6:09 PM
The KSC one is made up of S-IC-T. Which I suspect was a more operational stage than the S-IC-F ? The S-IVB-F is also AWOL.
Right. S-1C-T was the "All systems" test stage, also known as the "T-Bird". It was built at and by MSFC, beginning in 1963 (making it the first "real" S-IC stage). The stage was completed in early 1965 and fitted with five F-1 engines for use in numerous static propulsion tests, first at MSFC and later at Mississippi Test Facility (today's Stennis).
S-1C-F was a facilities test stage fitted with one dummy F-1 engine and four F-1 mass simulators.
There were also S-1C-S, a structural test stage without engines, and S-1C-D, the dynamic test stage. S-1C-S was also scrapped.
I did a series of web pages on Saturn launch vehicle history a few years ago. See: http://www.geocities.com/launchreport/satstg5.html
Going back to one of my original questions, anyone know if 500F was used for PadB check out was was the Apollo 10 vehicle used? That was the only Saturn V launch from 39B, it then did the 4 Milk-stool launches.
I don't have any record of SA-500F being at 39B. Pad B was completed in November 1966, one month after SA-500F was destacked after its original use at Pad A. Remember that the launch vehicle interfaced with the mobile launchers. The launch pad itself was little more than an exhaust duct, some propellant lines, and some cable connections. Once the engineering effort at Pad A with SA-500F had proved out the basics, Pad B could be tested without a Saturn V standing atop it. There was a Moon Race on, after all!
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