Book & DVD. In this companion volume to Saturn V -- the complete manufacturing and test records, the complete life history of each Saturn I/IB rocket stage is detailed. Saturn I and IB rockets paved the way for the Saturn V moon rocket that allowed US astronauts to land on the moon. This book details the manufacturing processes, reveals how the rockets were tested, and identifies the problems encountered and how they were overcome. Details of the industrial and government facilities are presented as well as the aircraft and ships used to transport the stages. Rare and never-before-seen photographs of how the rockets were built and tested are included as well as statistical data such as details of the engines attached to each stage, the test firing records and the transportation records of each stage. Unique lessons can be learned from the manufacturing and testing of the Saturn rockets that will help in the forthcoming plans to return to the moon. Bonus DVD includes: Saturn Quarterly Reports # 5 - 10 - September 1960 to December 1961 (Original Film Footage of Saturn 1/1B Manufacturing Process); Saturn 1/1B Technical Schematics.
Alan Lawrie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Post Graduate diploma in Astronomy and Astronautics. He is a satellite propulsion engineer and has worked in the space industry for over 28 years. During this time he has worked with space propulsion companies around the world and regularly travels to the United States where he manages the procurement of propulsion engines, tanks and valves for satellite systems. In over 70 professional visits to the US he has built up a network of propulsion contacts. He has written several space propulsion professional papers as well as a number of space related articles in the popular space press. He is a member of the British Interplanetary Society. Extensive research for this book included visits to all the key facilities in the development of the Saturn rocket including the Marshall Space Flight Center, Stennis Space Center, Michoud Assembly Facility, Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center, Rocketdyne, the Saturn library at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and the Saturn records depository at the National Archives in Atlanta. Alan lives in England.