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:
To supplement the book many photographs that have never been published before have been obtained and appear for the first time.
Bonus DVD-V includes rare film footage.
"I'm extremely pleased with your latest publication that I recently purchased: 'SATURN V'. An excellent book with a ton of detail and the DVD is awesome!"
Review by John Kelly Florida Today:
"Saturn." There are lots of books on the moon landings, but few really good ones on the monster rocket that made the missions possible. Alan Lawrie, a space propulsion engineer, has penned a detailed account of how the rocket came to be, how it worked and what we can learn from it. The book comes with a special add-on DVD that features some rare Saturn 5 footage.
Sir Arthur C Clarke 2006 Award Winner: Best Presentation Written.
“Saturn” by Alan Lawrie wins the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Best Written Presentation.
Each year, there are various awards for the best in film, TV, the theatre and music, but there is also an award designed to recognise and reward the best in UK space research and exploration. The Sir Arthur Clarke awards are the space equivalent of the Oscars, and cover a number of categories, such as Best Team Achievement, Best Space Reporting, and Achievement in Education, Outreach and Inspiration.
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