I'd modified the Saturn V to use four C6-0s around the E18 core, and left
the nozzles in place.
Staging was accomplished with pop-out fins (details below) for the SII and
the SIV, and the CSM used its own Micromaxx.
The idea was to have each piece come down on its own chute(s), except for
the LEM, which used a streamer to orient it and a A10-0T as a retro rocket
(followed by a Micromaxx re-launch of the ascent stage).
After three hours of careful preparation and two runs through the onboard
test software (see web site below), I loaded it onto its custom pad. We
took the requisite pictures and video tape, and then backed away.
The sky was the bluest I had ever seen it, and the wind was dead calm.
Two hundred of my closest friends and team mates waited expectantly as the
LCO cleared the range, and then waited some more until we could get the
FAA to order the press helicopter out of the way.
The frost on the booster from the dry ice looked exactly like the real
thing. I could almost imagine Walter Cronkite's live commentary.
The countdown commenced.
5 The onboard start sequence took over...
3 the SFX pyrodex lit, and smoke rolled out from under the booster...
1 The E 18 started smoking...
But I forgot, I'm getting ahead of myself-- I met Bob Fortune--what a
character he is. Everything you'd imagine. He even complimented me on my
All in all it was a wonderful time.
My opinions only.