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Concrete, Piece, 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: Overall: 7in. x 3in. x 3in. (17.78 x 7.62 x 7.62cm)

Materials: Concrete

This is a piece of concrete 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 into 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 and the sign and other parts retrieved.

This object was donated in 1996 to the Smithsonian by Rocketdyne.

Gift of Rockwell International Corporation, Rocketdyne Division.

Inventory number: A20040133000

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