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Apollo AS-203

Saturn IB

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Apollo AS-203

Type: Test Flight

The purpose of Apollo 203 was to check out the behaviour of the fuel inside the Saturn-4B stage in weightlessness, which was crucial to allow the reignition of the stage.

Location

Space Launch Complex 37B

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

865 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Saturn IB – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Family: Saturn
Length: 43.2 m
Diameter: 6.61 m
Launch Mass: 590 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 21000 kg

The Saturn IB was manufactured by National Aeronautics and Space Administration with the first launch on 1966-02-26. Saturn IB has 9 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 10 launches. The Saturn IB (pronounced “one B”, also known as the Uprated Saturn I) was an American launch vehicle commissioned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the Apollo program. It replaced the S-IV second stage of the Saturn I with the much more powerful S-IVB, able to launch a partially fueled Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM) or a fully fueled Lunar Module (LM) into low Earth orbit for early flight tests before the larger Saturn V needed for lunar flight was ready.

Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Type: Government
Abbreviation: NASA
Administration: Administrator: Bill Nelson
Founded: 1958
Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS
Spacecraft: Orion
Country: USA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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