I-Beam, 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 in Chantilly, VA.

Rockets & Missiles

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 predecssor 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 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 in 1996 to the Smithsonian by Rocketdyne.