The point of a boilerplate is to test out the features of a system at a reduced cost. I would like to know what it cost to build the Apollo boilerplates. There was a series of such rockets so I would appreciate any cost data available on any of them.

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    $\begingroup$ The Apollo boilerplates were not only used to test the rocket, they were used to test the launch escape system and different critical phases of reentry and landing of the capsule. $\endgroup$
    – Uwe
    Jul 5, 2017 at 8:12

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Regarding NASA boiler plates for the Apollo program, one source claims,

The 1200 series were manufactured by a firm called Ace Fabrications in Clute, Texas, each costing some $10 – 15K.

  • $\begingroup$ Interesting article, and good source. +1 $\endgroup$ Oct 5, 2017 at 12:45

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