Saturn S-1C
Michoud To The Moon
Getting Started    The Boeing Company on December 15, 1961 was awarded from NASA a contract to design, build, test and deliver the Saturn S1-C Stages to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The S-1C is the first stage of the Saturn V Rocket of the Apollo Program. The S-1C is 138 feet (14 stories) tall and 33 feet in diameter. It has five F1 Engines generating a total of 7-1/2 million pounds of thrust. Its dry weight is 300,000 pounds and when fully loaded weights 5 million pounds.    The initial design effort was accomplished at Huntsville, Alabama with NASA  and Boeing personnel and at Michoud on a continuing basis. Collectively. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Boeing Michoud built four ground test vehicles and fifteen flight stages only thirteen of which were launched. The Boeing Wichita plant played a key roll in providing parts manufacturing to both MSFC and Michoud.    The early success of the program was the seed of its demise. Originally it was surmised that it would take 25 flight missions. Engineering, Production ,Testing and Quality disciplines reached a high reliability factor allowing for early man flight missions. Follow on Saturn S-1C  and Saturn V production was cancelled even before Apollo Lunar Landing was accomplished. Your attention is directed to the “Space Launch Report” publication for the Saturn V for interesting details.    A lessor known Boeing effort was the extensive support provided to various Apollo Mission functions at Houston, MSFC Huntsville, Washington and Saturn V launch support at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC).        
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