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Bracket, Vertical Test Stand No. 1

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This object is on display in the Rockets & Missiles at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


Manufacturer: Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 11.4 x 11.4 x 7.6cm (4 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 in.)

Materials: Steel

This is a bracket from the Vertical Test Stand No. 1 (VTS-1) of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, of Rocketdyne, in the Santa Susana Mountains, California. The VTS-1 was an important site used by Rocketdyne and its predecessor from the 1950s for the testing of the U.S.'s first large-scale liquid propellant rocket engines, starting with the Redstone missile engine.

This engine evolved in the engines for the Thor, Jupiter, and Atlas missiles, the engines for the Saturn V launch vehicle that took men to the Moon, and the Shuttle Main Engine. The VTS-1 was demolished in 1996, with the sign and other parts retrieved later. This object was donated to the Smithsonian by Rocketdyne.

Gift of Rockwell International Corporation, Rocketdyne Division.

Inventory number: A20040129000

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