> and because we did it in only 8 years, we did it the wrong way and haven't
> been back since because of that.
> If we had done it incrementally, we'd still have the infrastructure to
> return and expand upon. ~sigh~
Mabye. With all the other problems overseas and in the U.S. many people
would have demanded the U.S. focus on our own problems here on earth.
The fact that we were in a race with the Soviets and that we kept up a
pace that kept the public interested, helped us keep the program alive.
That's just another opinion, and not necessarily my own. I really
haven't thought about it that much.
> Did NASA ever have DotEx numbers or get the motors certified for the Saturn?
> What class would they be in?
Alway's book says the first stage is a NAR designated 5 x AC 6,700,000.
The second stage is a 5 x AB 890,000, and the third stage is an AC
890,000. Notice that the first two stages show a "5 x" since they each
have five motors.
If you are talking about shipping restrictions...as long as the Saturn
isn't loaded with fuel or it's explosive bolts, etc., and you can talk
UPS into shipping one, there shouldn't be any shipping restrictions.
It's just a huge hunk of aluminum, steel, fiberglass, etc. when it's
empty. I wonder what my dog would do if a truck big enough for the S1C
stage showed up?