Richard C. Roberts papers on Saturn V Component Testing
Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSA 299
The Richard C. Roberts papers on Saturn V Component Testing (1964-1981, 0.20 cubic feet) document Roberts’ work on the Saturn V vehicle. The collection includes two test reports on components of the Saturn V vehicle. The reports were written by Richard C. Roberts, while he worked for the Brown Engineering Company at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In an e-mail to the Archives’ staff, Richard Roberts noted, “Flex Hose Cycle Test, was a qualification test for 6” and 8” diameter flexible hoses that delivered the oxidizer propellants, liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, to the Saturn V fuel tanks while on the launch pad. During the test, liquid nitrogen was used to provide the -300 degree temperatures.” “Plan for Conducting Structural Qualification Test on the S-II-1 Thrust Structure Configuration Test 404, was also a qualification test that applied actual calculated loads by hydraulic cylinders to the thrust structure, or engine mounts, and measured the displacements and strains to the structure.” This test program was very extensive and took seven months to design and build the test fixture and complete the tests. Roberts spent two months compiling and writing this test report. He had a lot of help from other NASA departments during the test project. “The test was considered a total success, as nothing failed at 140% limit loads.” Roberts also states in the e-mail, “During the launch of Apollo 13, after the S-IC first stage had burned out and separated normally, the center J-2 engine of the S-II second stage shut down two minutes early, causing the remaining four engines to automatically vector and continue the launch. This problem had nothing to do with the subsequent explosion in the Service Module that aborted the moon landing.” Included with the reports are detailed 8” x 10” photographs (color and black and white) of the two test projects. Also included is a NASA publication, Saturn Illustrated Chronology: April 1957-June 1964, published by the Marshall Space Flight Center, August 10, 1964. Types of materials include: reports, photographs and publications.
- Other: Date acquired: 10/10/2014
- Roberts, Richard C. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center
0.20 Cubic Feet
Two engineering test reports with related 8” x 10” photographs and one NASA publication; Saturn Illustrated Chronology, documenting Richard C. Roberts’ component testing on Saturn V.
Source of Acquisition
Donated by Richard C. Roberts, October 10, 2014.
Existence and Location of Originals
multi-part note content
All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes. Items have been placed in chronological order.
- Brown Engineering Co.
- Color photographs
- George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
- Project Apollo (U.S.)
- Publications (Documents)
- Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
- Purdue University. School of Civil Engineering
- Rockets (Aeronautics)
- Saturn V Rocket
- United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Richard C. Roberts papers on Saturn V Component Testing
- Mary A. Sego
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description