Collection Item Summary:
This a section of an I-beam from 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 the U.S.'s first large-scale liquid propellant rocket engines, starting with the Redstone missile engine.
The Redstone 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 were retrieved. This object was donated in 1996 to the Smithsonian by Rocketdyne.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation
Gift of Rockwell International Corporation, Rocketdyne Division.
3-D: 27.9 x 12.7 x 33cm, 9.1kg (11 x 5 x 13 in., 20lb.)
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Country of Origin
United States of America
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