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Project Apollo - NASSP => Modeling => Topic started by: orbiterfan on October 22, 2005, 05:53:08 AM



Title: Early Saturns project
Post by: orbiterfan on October 22, 2005, 05:53:08 AM
This thread will hold screenshots and information about my progress on creating the launch vehicles for the early Saturn 1 flights.

So far I have almost completed the meshes for the seventh Saturn 1 flight(SA-7) which used an core Saturn 1 stage and an S-IV with 6 RL-10 engines with an boileplate Command and Service Module(CSM). Screenshot of the entire vehicle below.

(http://img490.imageshack.us/img490/2703/saturn1sa7an824xu.gif)


Title: Early Saturns project
Post by: movieman on October 22, 2005, 06:51:24 AM
Presumably the first stage is the same as the Saturn 1b? It would be easier if we could re-use the current stage meshes where possible rather than have completely different meshes of the same stages.


Title: Early Saturns project
Post by: orbiterfan on October 22, 2005, 07:33:49 AM
Presumably the first stage is the same as the Saturn 1b?
Yes, it is.

It would be easier if we could re-use the current stage meshes where possible rather than have completely different meshes of the same stages.
I agree. The one shown on the screenshot is there to show an complete SA-7 Saturn 1 launch vehicle. The earlier flights was painted differently and lacked the fins on the core stage.


Title: Early Saturns project
Post by: Swatch on February 15, 2006, 05:14:49 PM
The earlier Saturn I also had the original S-IV (not the B! and there's only one surviving) that had a smaller diameter and a cluster of engines instead of the J-2.  Also, the earlier Saturn I first stages were not the same as the Saturn IB, however the main difference occurred in the fins.  The fins for the early ones were made up of 4 full size and 4 stub fins.  Whether or not this is considered worth the trouble of making a new mesh is up to you guys.