Model of Saturn I Rocket (MO 64.2a-d)

Model of Saturn I Rocket

Maker: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Medium: Metal, wood

Dimensions: 7 x 22 x 8 inches

Engineering Model of Saturn I Block 2 rocket with payload Saturn SA IV launched January 29, 1964 from Cape Kennedy Space Center. S-IV was the second stage of the Saturn I, a rocket-powered launch vehicle used by NASA for early flights in the Apollo program.

The Saturn series was a family of large American liquid-fueled rockets that solved the problem of getting manned spacecraft to the Moon. They played a central role in the Apollo Project. Three models were developed: the Saturn I, the Saturn IB, and the Saturn V. In all, 32 Saturns were launched with no failures.

Flight tests of the Saturn C-1 began in 1961 and involved two configurations called Block I and Block II. From the fifth Saturn I test launch on, the Block II configuration was used, featuring an operational first and second stage. The Saturn I second stage, called S-IV, was powered by a Pratt and Whitney engine fuelled by LOX and liquid hydrogen. In the Block II configuration, the Saturn I employed lengthened fuel tanks, improved H-1 engines with greater thrust, and eight stabilization fins on the first stage base.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA; accession number MO 64.2a-d

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum