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Saturn V Apollo SA-500F Shake Test at VAB 1966-10-14 NASA Kennedy Space Center

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Saturn I & Saturn V Launch Vehicle playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL30280446D45F4883 Project Apollo playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7D6A4FBE35C88581 more at http://scitech.quickfound.net/ On October 14, 1966, a "boilerplate" full Saturn V and Apollo spacecraft stack inside the Vehicle Assembly Building is rocked back and forth by employees pushing with their feet and pulling with a rope so that stability and stresses which might result from winds at the launch pad can be measured. During the test the escape tower at the top of the Saturn V broke off and fell, but no one was injured. Reupload of a previously uploaded film with improved video & sound. Public domain film from NASA, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied. The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original). http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SA-500F "SA-500F (alternately SA500F, 500F, or Facilities Integration Vehicle) was a dummy Saturn V used by NASA to test facilities at Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida during 1966. Tests included the mating of the Saturn's stages in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), the fit of the service platforms, the launcher-transporter operation, the propellant loading system, and the test connections to the mobile launcher and support equipment. "Its three stages duplicated the flight configuration, ordnance, and umbilical connections of their live counterparts. Although inert, the retrograde rockets, ullage rockets, and shaped charges had the dimensions of the live ordnance to let the launch team practice ordnance installation. The first stage only had one real F-1 engine, and the inter-tank section between the first and second stages had a different paint scheme than flight vehicles. It was stacked on Mobile Launcher 1 in VAB Bay 1 with the Apollo spacecraft facilities verification vehicle boilerplate. "500F was rolled out to Pad A on May 25, 1966. On June 8, it was rolled back to the VAB temporarily as Hurricane Alma passed, though the ground crew supposed the rollback was more of an exercise than necessity because winds remained below critical for the entire storm. Facility checkout culminated with a "wet test" to verify storage and transfer of propellants "500F was destacked on October 21, 1966. The first stage, S-1C-F, was returned to the Marshall Space Flight Center and was eventually scrapped. "The second stage, S-IIC-F, was reassigned as a dynamic test stage at Marshall in early 1967 as S-II-F/D for use in the dynamic test vehicle SA-500D. It is now displayed as part of the Saturn V at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. "The third stage, S-IV-B-500F, had been manufactured as a dummy third stage for the smaller Saturn IB and used to check Saturn IB launch complex facilities. It was then modified to meet the Saturn V third stage configuration for 500F. In 1970, it was modified into the Skylab Workshop Dynamic Test Stage and was shipped in December to the Johnson Space Center for dynamic testing. In June 1971, it was shipped to Marshall for Skylab workshop static testing; and in June 1974 it was returned to KSC. Its fate is not known." Article: How Tennis Shoes and Tug-of-War Toppled the Mighty Saturn V http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-010708a.html NASA, Saturn V, Project Apollo, moon program, space program, Apollo program, shake test, VAB, Vehicle Assembly Building, Cape Kennedy, KSC, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island,