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I-Beam, Vertical Test Stand No. 1

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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 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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation

Credit Line

Gift of Rockwell International Corporation, Rocketdyne Division.

Materials

Steel

Dimensions

3-D: 21 x 10.2 x 14.9cm (8 1/4 x 4 x 5 7/8 in.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Ground Control Apparatus

Inventory Number

A20040135000

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