Saturn Rocket Motor Found in Junkyard

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  1. The Night Funky

    The Night Funky BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    It's from a Saturn I not a big one from a Saturn V.
    I assume this guy is going to be making an offer very soon.

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  2. Dayton Kitchens

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    Didn't they used to claim that at one point NASA shipped the entire plans for the famous F-1 rocket engine (still the most powerful single chamber engine ever built) to a yard sale?

    I know the claims bounced around for years that all the F-1 plans were lost but it turned out NASA did have records buried somewhere after all.
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    I believe the "lost Saturn V" plans are a myth. Both Rocketdyne and the federal government have all the necessary documents archived.
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  4. The Night Funky

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    My understanding is that the paper blueprints were all destroyed (because there was a fuckton of them and they had no where to store them properly), but microfilm copies of them exist and have been preserved.
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    I always thought people repeated the "lost Saturn V plans" thing to emphasize what they saw as the shortsightedness of NASA.

    Though it is worth noting that pretty often (for corporate liability reasons) the tooling and machine tools to build sophisticated aircraft and other vehicles is often destroyed once the government decides they are not going to purchase any more of them. This is to prevent industrial espionage as well. The secrets of building an F-117A Nighthawk would be valuable to many nations even though it is early 1980s technology at the latest.
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    The map indicates that this is located right next to UM-Rolla

    So any individuals wanting to buy the engine better get on the ball before all the engineering nerds there pool their money
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    The engine is also big enough and close enough to Stanton that I can't understand how it has avoided having gotten a Meramec Caverns billboard painted on it yet
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    Supposedly, there's buyers coming tomorrow to check it out. Asking price was $60K. Bezos has a thing for Apollo hardware. Good luck beating him in a bidding war for the thing.