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Apollo 4 Pre-Launch Press Conference

Apollo 4 Pre-Launch Press Conference

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SATLIKPI
MISTORY
DOCUMENT
University
of
Alijbarna
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of
Science
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APOLLQ
4
PRE-LAUNCH
PRESS
GOi'JFERENCE
Launch
Complex
33
Press
Site
John
F.
Kennedy
Space
Center
~arional
or~nautics
nd
Sparo
Administration
Wednesday,
November
8,
2967
11:00
A,M.
Participants
Dr.
Robert
C.
Seamans,
Jr,,
ncputy
Di~ector,
NASA
Dr.
Geasg~
.
?4ceiler,
Associate
Director,
Office
af
Mnnnbd
Spece
Flig3-2,
PXSA
Major
Genera
l
anucl
C.
Phillips,
UShF,
Apallo Prog~am
-
Directa~,
ffice
of
Manned
Spacc
!-light,
NASA
€IT,
Kurt
M,
Dabus,
Diseceor,
Xannsdy
Sface
Center,
NASA
Dr.
b'ernhor
von
Bsaun,
Dlrrstar,
WarsL811
Spacc
Flight
Canter,
NASA
 
Mr.
King: Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, we'd liketo welcome you to a windy Launch Complex 39 PressSite and
I'd
like to introduce these gentlemen toyou.
~rdm
our right:
Dr.
Kurt
H.
Debus, ~irector
of
the Kennedy Space Center;;Dr. George Mueller,Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight;
i
Dr.
Robert Seamans, Deputy Administrator 'for theNational Aeronautics and Space Administration;Major General Samuel Phillips, Apollo ProgramManager; and
Dr.
Werner von Braun, Director of the
e
George
C.
Marshall Space Flight Center.
Dr.
Seamans: I'd like to
start
in
by
making
a
point thatwhat you
see
here today and what you'll be seeingtomorrow
is
a
result of
a
long-term, hard-drivingeffort that has been sustained in a very large nuniherof areas throughout the country. 'The engines that
will
be
used tomorrow
--
the
S'I
engine in the
first
stage with a million and
a
half poands of thrust,the
5-2
engine in the second and third stages gives200,000 pounds of thrust
--
the development
was
started during President
E$senhower's.administration.
During the
first
year of President Kennedy'sadministration,'the decision
was
made
first
todevelop
a
major new launch vehicle capability;and second, to develop manned spacecraft with
 
2
maneuverability, to have rendezvous and dockingcapability.
It
would have the ability to operateout to lunar distances for several weeks, andwould have the capability for landing on the moon
8
and return&dg astronauts from the moon,Contracts were let in 1361 and 1962, both onfacilities' and flight hardware. This has providedthe new launch complex which you can see here,Complex 39, and the Apollo Saturn
V
that
will
be usedfor the first
time
tomorrow.But what you see here
is
backed up by manyother facilities for manufacturing and testinp ofprototype and flight hardware.
It's
impossibleof course to capture the space environment onthe ground in one &acility, So .we have usedvibration tables, vacuum changers, solar simulators,static test stands that qualify equipment forthis flight. For operational purposes, we'veadded communication aircraft, communication satellites,tracking ships, and ground stations for dataacquisition and for communication purposes, Thesefacilities literallygo around the workd, andthey
will
permit real-time operational decisionsto be made
from
the Mission Control Center at

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