The Saturn V F-1 Engine

Powering Apollo into History

  • Anthony Young

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 259-300

About this book


When the mighty Rocketdyne F-1 engine was conceived in the late 1950s for the U.S. Air Force, it had no defined mission and there was no launch vehicle it could power. It was a bold concept to push the technological envelope of rocket propulsion in order to put massive payloads into Earth orbit. Few realized at the time that the F-1 would one day propel American astronauts to the Moon. In The Saturn V F-1 Engine, Anthony Young tells the amazing story of unbridled vision, bold engineering, explosive failures during testing, unrelenting persistence to find solutions, and ultimate success in launching the Saturn V with a 100 percent success rate. The book

  • contains personal interviews with many Rocketdyne and NASA personnel involved in the engine’s design, development, testing and production;
  • is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs, many never previously published
  • is the first complete history of the most powerful rocket engine ever built.

The F-1 engine remains the high point in U.S. liquid rocket propulsion – it represents a period in American history when nothing was impossible.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Anthony Young
    • 1
  1. 1.MiamiUSA

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