NASA’s Next Rocket Engine Could Be A Blast From the Past

April 17, 2013 3:45 PM

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NASA’s Next Rocket Engine Could Be A Blast From the Past

Jeff Bezos isn't the only person interested in vintage NASA technology. Public and private entities alike are actively taking a second look at the Rocketdyne F-1 engines that helped notch Saturn V rockets as the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever operated—even today, forty years after the demise of the Apollo program.

All 13 Saturn V multistage launch vehicles that left Earth's atmosphere between 1967 and 1973 sat atop five F-1 engines that constituted the first stage booster. Each engine measured 19-feet tall by 12-feet wide and produced a staggering 1.5 million pounds of thrust (and temperatures nearing 6,000 d...

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