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Grating, Vertical Test Stand No. 1


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Rockets and Missiles exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a section of grating used on the Vertical Test Stand No. 1 (VTS-1) of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory of Rocketdyne, in the Santa Susana Mountains, California. VTS-1 was an important site used by Rocketdyne and its predecessor from the 1950s for the testing of among 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 and the sign and other parts retrieved.

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

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation

Credit Line

Gift of Rockwell International Corporation, Rocketdyne Division.




3-D: 38.1 x 30.5cm, 9.1kg (15 x 12 in., 20lb.)

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Country of Origin

United States of America


EQUIPMENT-Ground Control Apparatus

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