Space Exploration

The Saturn V F-1 Engine

Powering Apollo into History

Authors: Young, Anthony

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  • The first book devoted to the development of the Rocketdyne F-1 engine and its integration into the five-engine cluster that would power the first stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle
  • Includes many color and black and white photographs, never before published, taken during the development and testing of the F-1 engine
  • Draws on original documents and highlights interviews with some of the engineers and managers who worked on the program
  • The author includes development of the hydrogen-burning J-2 engine, thus bringing rocket engine development up to the present
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About this book

When the mighty Rocketdyne F-1 engine was conceived in the late 1950s for the U.S. Air Force, it had no defined mission and there was no launch vehicle it could power. It was a bold concept to push the technological envelope of rocket propulsion in order to put massive payloads into Earth orbit. Few realized at the time that the F-1 would one day propel American astronauts to the Moon. In The Saturn V F-1 Engine, Anthony Young tells the amazing story of unbridled vision, bold engineering, explosive failures during testing, unrelenting persistence to find solutions, and ultimate success in launching the Saturn V with a 100 percent success rate. The book

  • contains personal interviews with many Rocketdyne and NASA personnel involved in the engine’s design, development, testing and production;
  • is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs, many never previously published
  • is the first complete history of the most powerful rocket engine ever built.

The F-1 engine remains the high point in U.S. liquid rocket propulsion – it represents a period in American history when nothing was impossible.

About the authors

Anthony Young's first automotive book, published in 1984, became the best-selling automotive title sold in America within three months of its publication, according to Auto Week magazine.  His first Springer-Praxis book, Lunar and Planetary Rovers: The Wheels of Apollo and the Quest for Mars will be published in the fall of 2006. He is a regular contributor to Space Times magazine and the online weekly website, The Space Review.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The author provides good descriptions of engine components and manufacturing and the contributions that Rocketdyne, Boeing, and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center made to the F-1. The book also covers engine testing, the first Saturn V stage, and the Apollo launches. … The book contains 32 excellently printed full-page color photographs and numerous black-and-white photos and diagrams. An important contribution to the history of technology and the history of space exploration. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All collections." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 46 (10), June, 2009)

“Over the years there have been a few books published about the Saturn rockets, but here’s one that focuses solely on the business end of the Saturn V – the F-1 rocket engine, still the largest such engine ever developed. … The book is profusely illustrated throughout, and there’s a nice section of colour plates as well. All in all, a valuable addition to the literature of both rocket development and the Apollo programme.” (Liftoff, Issue 257, May-June, 2010)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 41,64 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-09630-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 51,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-09629-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Saturn V F-1 Engine
Book Subtitle
Powering Apollo into History
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-09630-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-09630-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-09629-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 266
Number of Illustrations
234 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing
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