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The Mighty Saturns: Saturn V


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This 3-DVD collection is the most comprehensive ever assembled on the Saturn V. Packed with spectacular footage, from every launch of a Saturn V to unique management reports, an original documentary, pad camera footage and more. Spectacular! One of most popular sets ever.

DISC 1

"The Saturn V" - 43 minute program detailing the conception, design, development, testing, and launch history of the Saturn V, featuring exclusive new interviews with Saturn veterans.

Bonus Materials

500F Rollout - A Saturn V facilities integration vehicle was created to allow the launch crews adequate training prior to processing of a flight vehicle. This vehicle, designated 500F, was painted differently than any Saturn V flight hardware. Features rollout to pad.

S-IC Stage Testing - Marshall Space Flight Center testing of the Saturn V first stage, featuring several views of ignition and burn of the five F-1 engines. Propellants were liquid oxygen and RP-1 (kerosene). Gimbal of the engines (moving them to steer the vehicle) is obvious during this footage.

S-II Stage Testing - Burn of the S-II stage for the full duration of a Saturn V mission. Features ignition and shutdown. Five J-2 liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen engines powered the second stage.

Apollo 8 Pad Operations - Features launch preparation for the Apollo 8 mission in December, 1968. Apollo 8 was the first manned Saturn V mission, sending Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders on the first trip to the vicinity of the moon.

Skylab Workshop Pad Operations - Launch preparations for the final Saturn V launch which place the Skylab orbital workshop into Earth orbit. The Skylab was a converted S-IVB stage modified to serve as a space laboratory. Only the first two stages of the launch vehicle were active on this mission.

Launch Escape System Test - The launch escape system provided the crew a means of escape in case of a catastrophic failure of the Saturn V. A solid fuel tractor rocket would remove the spacecraft from the vehicle up through first stage separation. Shortly after second stage ignition the tower would be jettisoned. This footage shows Apollo boilerplate 22, tested on a Little Joe II solid fuel rocket. No audio.

DISC 2

Disc 2 features footage from all 13 Saturn V launches, with multiple angles of each.

AS-501 (Apollo 4)

AS-502 (Apollo 6)

AS-503 (Apollo 8) - More Apollo 8 on disc 3

AS-504 (Apollo 9)

AS-505 (Apollo 10)

AS-506 (Apollo 11) More Apollo 11 on disc 3

AS-507 (Apollo 12) More Apollo 12 on disc 3

AS-508 (Apollo 13)

AS-509 (Apollo 14)

AS-510 (Apollo 15)

AS-511 (Apollo 16)

AS-512 (Apollo 17)

AS-513 (SL-1 Skylab Workshop)

DISC 3

Pad Camera Footage

AS-503 (Apollo 8)

AS-506 (Apollo 11)

AS-507 (Apollo 12)

These 11 Saturn V quarterly reports are from the Marshall Space Flight Center archives. Having been stored without environmental control, they suffered from "pink fade," a common aging of color motion picture film. They were transferred in high definition and color-corrected at Crawford Communications in Atlanta. The missing reports from the sequence could not been located.

#2 - February - April 1963 - Description, final tooling, fabrication

#5 - December 1963 - February 1964 - Ground test stage construction

#6 - March - May 1964 - Ground test stage construction

#7 - June - August 1964 - Beginning of stage testing

#8 - September - November 1964 - Hydrostatic testing, F-1 production

#9 - December 1964 - February 1965 - Battleship stage testing, ground support equipment

#10 - March - May 1965 - Full power testing, first flight stages

#11 - June - August 1965 - Full duration test, flight stages

#12 - September - November 1965 - Hurricane Betsy, dynamic testing

#16 - September - November 1966 - Stacking first flight vehicle

#17 - December 1966 - February 1967 - Acceptance testing, dynamic testing

Product Reviews

(11 Ratings, 6 Reviews) Average Rating:
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Another Great Package
Mark Bowyer (Banbury, Oxfordshire) 2/14/2013 1:16 PM
Following on from the Saturn 1 & 1b set, this covers the entire life of the Saturn V. I especially enjoyed the "Quarterly Reports" that capture the era this remarkable machine was built.
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Good for the raw footage.
Claude (CA) 7/4/2012 7:05 AM
The raw footage is excellent and the progress reports are interesting. The documentary on disc 1 leaves a lot to be desired. The main interviewee was basically the project manager for the design of the project. A lot of what he talks about are the logistics of coordinating the various contractors and the meetings he had with engineers and the labs. He discusses none of the technical or manufacturing issues or problems in any great detail. Logistics management is not the most interesting part of the Apollo program. However the footage of the launches is fantastic and worth playing at full volume! It would be great to have someone walk through EXACTLY what went on, in detail, during the minute before the launch through the minute after -- second by second. The pressurizing, how the engines are started, how the rocket is steered, the loads and stresses, what everyone was doing on the ground and in the rocket itself, etc. That would be interesting.
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The most powerful man-made machine ever
Roger Heap (Fareham, Hampshire) 3/31/2012 5:23 PM
I never get tired of watching these DVDs. The documentary is a fascinating insight into the difficulties of sending a ten ton spacecraft 250 000 miles into space! The engine test firings are incredibly spectacular. Sadly, I was only a child when these events were taking place, I wish I had been there! Nevertheless, this DVD set will appeal to any space afficianado whether it is just a passing interest or a serious professional involvement. If nothing else, it is wonderful that these events have been archived for posterity in such a well presented manner. This is a must have for any collection. Well done, Spacecraft films, I, for one, will be back for more.
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Amazing
(Unknown) 8/5/2008 11:04 AM
Wow, these DVD's are worth their price! I tried out one of the test firings of the first stage with maximum volume, everything was just shaking! If you love Saturn V, you will have to get this set!
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Highly recommended!
Chuck (Unknown) 4/22/2009 12:38 PM
Rabid Saturn aficionados (like me :)) can't get enough of the unique footage preserved in these DVD series. No space DVD collection is complete without it!
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