We know that the stages of Saturn V were mounted to each other with explosive bolts. Separation was done by ignition of these pyrotechniques.

But we also know the control computer of the Saturn V was placed on top of the third stage and controlled the first and second stage too. So there were cabels from third stage down to first stage.

To cut cabels between Apollo CM and SM pyrotechnic guillotines were used. Also between first and second stage of the LM.

See this question and this.

So there should be also pyrotechnic guillotines within the stages of Saturn V.

Are there any reports about the pyrotechnic guillotines within Saturn V?

  • $\begingroup$ The most detailed documents I have - the "Flight Manuals" - just show linear shaped charges (LSC) in the separation systems. It may be that the cables were just severed by the LSCs. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Feb 26 at 2:09
  • $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble So cables may be cut by a guillotine or a LSC, but a LSC may damage other parts close to the LSC? A LSC in LM may damage the upper stage, but a LSC in the lower stage of the Saturn V is so far away from the upper stage that damages are impossible? $\endgroup$ – Uwe Feb 26 at 11:07

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