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SA-6 Press Kit

SA-6 Press Kit

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Published by Bob Andrepont
NASA press kit for sixth Saturn I launch
NASA press kit for sixth Saturn I launch

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NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATIO14
S
WO
2-4155
-*NA-IONA
WASHINGTON
DC
20546
TEL
WO
3-6925
FOR
RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY
AM'
s
May
20,
1964
RELEASE
NO:
64-113
NASA
TO
LAUNCH
SIXTH
SATURN
I
The
National
Aeronautics
andSpace
Administration
will
launch
thesixth
Saturn
I
flightvehicle
(SA-6)
from
Cape
Kennedy,
Fla.,
noearlierthan
May
26.
Main
purpose
of
the
flight
is
to
qualify
the
launchvehiclefurtheranddevelop
the
technologynecessary
to
build
the
more
powrful
Saturns
needed
for
manned
lunarlandings
and
otherspace
exploration.
-more-
 
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SA-6
will
carvy
into
Earth
orbit
the
first
unmanned
"boilerplate"
model
of
the
Apollo
spacecraft
which
is
being
developed
to
carrythree
American
astronauts
to
the
iloon
before
the
end
of
this
decade.
An
active
guidancesvstem
will
be
used
on
a
Saturn
Cor
the
first
time
to
steer
the
second
stage
of
the
Saturn
I
and
the
attachedApollospacecraft
into
an
orbit
ran-in6
froo
L0C)
to
140
statute
n,'les
above
the
Earth.
The
SA-6
satellite,
consisting
of
tici
second
stage
(S-IV),
an
instru-
mentunit
and
the
Apollospacecraftwillweigh
37,300pounds.The
weight-in-orbitrecord
is
held
by
tne
fifth
Saturn
I
(SA-5)
launch
which
put
37,700pounds
in
orbit
Jan.
29.
This
orbitingpackageconsistsof
the
S-IV
stage,
instrumentunit
and
a
sand-filled
nose
cone.
An
"openloopguidance".,
or
autopilot
system,
wasused
in the
SA-5
flight.
Otherprimarymissions
of
the
SA-6flight
are
to
test
propulsion
additionally,
structure
and
flight
con-
trcil
systems
and
to
prove
the
technique
for
separating
the
second
stage
from
the
7irst
stage.
-more-
 
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Secondary
missionsincludedetermining
structural
characteristics
of
the
launchescape
system,
operationalsuitability
of
AtlanticMissile
1lange
groundtracking
sta-tions,
launchescape
systemjettisoncharacteristics,
and
demonstrating
the
compatibilityofspacecraftresearch
and
developmentinstrumentation
and
communication
systems
with
launchvehicle
systems.
FiveSaturn
I's,
each
generating
1.3
millionpounds
thrust
or
more
and
weighing
a
millionpounds
havebeen
successfully
launched.Thefirst
four
(Block
I)
rockets
hadonly
theboos-
terstage
live.
Beginning
with
the
Block
II
Saturn
SAG-1
all
Saturn
I's
have
powered
secondstages
andare
capable
of
placing
about
20,000
poundsof
usefulpayload
into
Earth
orbit.
SA-6
and
later
vehicles
inthe
seriescarry
early,
unmannedmodels
of
the
Apollocommand
andserviceModules.The
lastthree
Saturn
I
flights
(SA-9,SA-8,
SA-10)willcarry
meteoroiddetection
satellites.
SA-6
is
190feettalland
will
weigh
about
',130,000
pounds
at
liftoff,
It
consistsoffour
elements:
S-I
stage,
S-IV
stage,
instrument
unit,and
an
Apollo
space-craft("boilerplate"
Command
Module,
dummyService
Module
and
insert/adapter,pluslaunchescape
system).
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