Powering Apollo into History

Anthony Young

THE SATURN V F-1 ENGINE When the mighty Rocketdyne F-1 engine was conceived in the late 1950s for the U.S. Air Force, it had no defined mission and there was no launch vehicle it could power. It was a bold concept to push the technological envelope of rocket propulsion in order to put massive payloads into Earth orbit. Few realized at the time that the F-1 would one day propel American astronauts to the Moon.

In The Saturn V F-1 Engine, Anthony Young tells the amazing story of unbridled vision, bold engineering, explosive failures during testing, unrelenting persistence to find solutions, and ultimate success in launching the Saturn V with a 100 percent success rate. The book
The F-1 engine remains the high point in U.S. liquid rocket propulsion - it represents a period in American history when nothing was impossible.

Table of Contents

Author's preface

  1. Evolution of the Moon rocket
  2. Origin and development of the F-1 engine
  3. F-1 engine project management by MSFC
  4. F-1 engine description and operation
  5. Manufacturing the F-1 engine at Rocketdyne
  6. MSFC, Boeing and the S-IC stage
  7. Testing the F-1 engine and S-IC stage
  8. KSC and Apollo Saturn
  9. The F-1A: the engine that might have been


Extent: 304 pages with 140 illustrations, 50 in color
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: September 2008
ISBN: 978-0-387-09629-2

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