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The Role of the S-IVB in the Apollo and Post Apollo Programs

The Role of the S-IVB in the Apollo and Post Apollo Programs

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DOUGLAS
PAPER
NO.
4396
SATURN
HISTORY
DOCUMENT
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of
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THE
ROLE
OF
THE
S-IVB IN
THE
APOLLO
AND
POST APOLLOPROGRAMS
PREPARE0
BY:
LUDWIG
R06H
DIRECTOR, SAJURN/APOLLO PROGRAM
EXTENSION
DOUGLAS
AIRCRAFT COMPANY
PRESENT
ED
TO:
16TH
ANNUAL
CONFERENCE
OF THE HERMANN
OBERTH
SOCIETY
BERLIN,
GERMANY
AUGUST
30,
1967
DOUGLAS
MISSILE
&:
SPACE
SYSTEMS
D/V/S/ON
SPACE
SYSTEMS
CENTER
-
HUNTIN67
ON
BEACH.
CALIFORNIA
 
THE ROLE OF THE S-IVB IN THE APOLLO
AND
POST APOLLO PROGRAMSTwo years ago at the annual meeting of the Hermann Oberth Society I had theprivilege to report on the development of one of the large launch vehicles inthe Saturn Program, the S-IV. I mentioned that the next generation, the S-IVB,was well along in the development and today
I
am proud to be able to state thatthis vehicle seems to continue the success we had with the S-IV. ~iree -IVB'shave been launched in the meantime and all three fully fulfilled their mission.To refresh your memory permit me to show you where the S-IVB belongs in theSaturn/Apollo Program. The development of the Saturn rockets is being carriedout under the supervision of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA), Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama.
 
The uprated Saturn
I
which formerly was called the Saturn
IB
is
a two stagebooster with a payload of 17,000kg in a 195 kilometer earth orbit.
It
usesthe S-IVB as a second and final stage. Twelve of these vehicles are in produc-tion at this time. Three of them have already flown as
I
stated before.Several have been delivered to NASA and are awaiting launch, and the rest arein final assembly.There are plans to provide for more vehicles of this type.The Saturn
V
is
a three stage "moon booster," consisting of the S-IC, the S-I1and the S-IVB. Several of these
S-IVB1s
have already been delivered and moreare under construction. Preparations for nine additional stages are being made.Landing man on the moon
will
be in the focus of public interest for the restof this decade until we have reached this goal.But everyone involved in thisprogram
is
already asking "What after Apollo?" NASA has established as one ofthe major "post" programs the Apollo Applications Program,The basic content

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