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Saturn A-1 to C-5
Saturn A-1 to C-5

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Family: Saturn C. Country: USA. Status: Study 1960.

The largest member of the Saturn family ever contemplated. Designed for direct landing of Apollo command module on moon. Configuration used eight F-1 engines in the first stage, eight J-2 engines in the second stage, and one J-2 engine in the third stage. Distinguishable from Nova 8L in use of J-2 engines instead of M-1 engines in second stage.


LEO Payload: 210,000 kg. to: 185 km Orbit. at: 28.0 degrees. Payload: 74,000 kg. to a: Translunar trajectory. Liftoff Thrust: 5,504,500 kgf. Total Mass: 4,770,260 kg. Core Diameter: 12.2 m. Total Length: 131.0 m. Flyaway Unit Cost $: 58.29 million. in 1985 unit dollars.

Saturn C-8 Chronology

1962 May 25 -


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