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Saturn 1 booster performance/structures

I was recently comparing some basic performance stats and noted that the Saturn 1/ 1B has very similar load to orbit figures to the Falcon 9. This seemed interesting to me, which brings up several ...
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US DoD's need for a heavy lift vehicle, leading to Saturn I

I read that von Braun & his team at ABMA had started to work upon a big rocket in April / May 1957, which was to have a thrust of 1500000 lbf (1.5 Mi. lbf). It is said that Saturn I was started to ...
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Development of Saturn I

I have read that Saturn I was started to meet the special requirements of DoD. The question is: Are there any records available which clarify / spell out WHY " Department of Defense (DoD) needed ...
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Use of high energy propellants on an engine designed for low energy propellants

This question is about use of high energy propellants on a rocket engine designed for low energy propellants. In any engine, which is currently working on RP1+LOX, if we change the fuel from RP1 to ...
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Need of the DoD for a heavy lift vehicle for "other" satellites

As mentioned in Saturn I history, the DoD wanted a launch vehicle to put A): 20,000 to 40,000 pounds (~9,100 to ~18,200 kg) into orbit, or B): accelerating 13,200 to 26,200 pounds (6,000 to 11,900 kg) ...
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Thrust requirements from Saturn 1 rocket's first stage

What was the need / trigger to develop Saturn I rocket, and who defined / what dictated the thrust requirements from Saturn I, so that eight number of H1 engines had to be clustered to achieve that ...
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Saturn 1 thrust mismatch

While reading about Saturn launch vehicle family, I read that Saturn 1 third stage used 2# RL 10 engines, producing a total thrust of 30K Pounds. But each RL 10, individually produced approx 25K ...
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What is an "exhausterator" and what does it do?

I laughed when I first saw the word "exhausterator" mentioned, I scratched my head when I saw it the second time, and I came here after the third. Besides making me feel like maybe technobabble isn't ...
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Did the Saturn IB have eight equally spaced fins around its circumference?

This answer to Saturn V Small Rectangles On S-II Stage includes images and links related to the Saturn IB rocket. It shows what I think is an unwrapped representation of part of a circumference which ...
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Saturn I's four outer engines' gas generator exhaust, why not vent to the side like the four inner engines?

At about 04:58 in Scott Manley's new video NASA Might Be Giving Away A Saturn I Rocket - Here's Why I Love This Vintage Booster he says: So the four engines in the ...
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Did von Braun have "a thing" for fins? Why did Saturn I block 2 get fins because it's a "von Braun" rocket?

At about 05:55 in Scott Manley's new video NASA Might Be Giving Away A Saturn I Rocket - Here's Why I Love This Vintage Booster he says: So the Saturn; the first ...