The Saturn V F-1 Engine: Powering Apollo into History

Paperback | November 25, 2008

byAnthony Young

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The book focuses on the design, testing and manufacture of the F-1 engine, but also covers its incorporation into the first stage of the Saturn V and in-flight record. It concludes with an examination of what might have been, if the F-1 had not been discarded, together with the Saturn V, at the conclusion of the Apollo program. The account draws on original documents and interviews with engineers and managers, and is illustrated by many never-before-published photographs, both colour and monochrome. The intention is for this to be the definitive account of the development of this most powerful of rocket engines. As NASA is developing an evolved version of the hydrogen-burning J-2 engine for use in the forthcoming Ares launch vehicles, the author includes development of the J-2 engine within the context of the Saturn V development, thus bringing rocket engine development up to the present and thus provide this book with a long shelf life.

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The book focuses on the design, testing and manufacture of the F-1 engine, but also covers its incorporation into the first stage of the Saturn V and in-flight record. It concludes with an examination of what might have been, if the F-1 had not been discarded, together with the Saturn V, at the conclusion of the Apollo program. The acc...

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Anthony Young writes superbly, with a similar style to David Harland and has authored nine previously published books on post-war automotive history covering engineering, styling and automotive marketing. Much of the history recorded in these books was acquired from personal interviews with the principal engineers involved with vehicle...

Anthony Young's first automotive book, published in 1984, became the best-selling automotive title sold in America within three months of its publication, according to Auto Week magazine.  His first Springer-Praxis book, Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for Mars will be published in the fall of 2006. He is...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 3.44 × 2.5 × 0.07 inPublished:November 25, 2008Publisher:PraxisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387096299

ISBN - 13:9780387096292

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Table of Contents

Foreword.- Author's Preface.- Acknowledgements.- List of Illustrations.- Origins and F-1 Engine Development.- From Nova to Saturn: Evolution of the Moon Rocket.- Manufacturing the F-1 Engine at Rocketdyne.- Boeing and the Saturn V S-IC Stage.- Testing the F-1 and S-IC Stage.- The Apollo Saturn V Launches.- The Engine that Might Been: the F-1A and its Legacy.- Appendix.- Index.

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From the reviews:"The author provides good descriptions of engine components and manufacturing and the contributions that Rocketdyne, Boeing, and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center made to the F-1. The book also covers engine testing, the first Saturn V stage, and the Apollo launches. . The book contains 32 excellently printed full-page color photographs and numerous black-and-white photos and diagrams. An important contribution to the history of technology and the history of space exploration. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All collections." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 46 (10), June, 2009)"Over the years there have been a few books published about the Saturn rockets, but here's one that focuses solely on the business end of the Saturn V - the F-1 rocket engine, still the largest such engine ever developed. . The book is profusely illustrated throughout, and there's a nice section of colour plates as well. All in all, a valuable addition to the literature of both rocket development and the Apollo programme." (Liftoff, Issue 257, May-June, 2010)