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Saturn V, SA-666 rework

17 Jul 2015, 18:58 UTC
Saturn V, SA-666 rework
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As I was pondering what to do with the SA-666's successor, I went back to read some of Dean Black's write-ups. I don't remember seeing this in his Apogee Newsletter article but I find that, while an air gap behind the CG results in induction stabilization, an air gap ahead of the CG retards it. D'OH, thats what I randomly decided to add to the SA-666. When it comes to rocket science, you just can't make stuff up. But hey, I never claimed to be a rocket scientist.Soooo, I decided to resurrect this rocket and try again. The first thing I tried to do is find the transition wrap that I threw away when I invented the air gap transition. I didn't find it so a roughed out a new one (which lacks the nice detail...oh well).I also wrapped the damaged nozzles with some metal tape. In my experience, this stuff will protect the substrate, although the heat melts the glue so it tends to fall off. Oh well again...I only need it to stay on for one flight.Dean's latest reference design (updated from what's presented in the Apogee article) includes some added holes for long induction tubes. When I ...

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