Watching the Saturn V Fly Again

Watching a mighty rocket like the Saturn V lift off from a launch pad into the wild blue yonder is perhaps the nearest thing to an awesome religious experience I can think of apart from the Second Coming.

At about 1 p.m. on Saturday April 25, 2009, Steve Eves helped us relive this experience, albeit at one tenth the scale, when he entered the record books with the successful launch of his 1:10 scale model Saturn V rocket.

Quoting the magazine Popular Mechanics:

Steve Eves broke two world records Saturday, when his 1/10th scale model of the historic rocket—built in his garage near Akron, Ohio—lifted off from a field on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The 36-ft.-tall rocket was the largest amateur rocket ever launched and recovered successfully—and at 1648 pounds, also the heaviest. Eves’ single-stage behemoth was powered by nine motors—eight 13,000 Newton-second N-Class motors and a 77,000 Newton-second P-Class motor. (Five Newton-seconds is equivalent to about a pound of thrust.) All told, the array generated enough force to chuck a Volkswagen more than a half-mile—and sent the Saturn V more than 4440 feet straight up. It was arguably the most audacious display of raw power ever generated by an amateur rocket.

Here is a rather belated congratulations Steve from of all of us at Discovery Enterprise. We look forward to many more of your exciting endeavors ahead.

Steve Eves’ Saturn V Launch

And, now for the real thing……

Saturn V Launch Views – High Speed Cams

Segment #1: Apollo 11 ignition and liftoff (high speed)
Segment #2: Apollo 11 tracking (high speed)
Segment #3: Apollo 8 ignition and liftoff (normal speed)


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