Saturn V (New Edition)
Alan Lawrie and Robert Godwin
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
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
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 para
meters are presented.
Other unique aspects 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
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.