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Thursday, August 26, 2021

TRACKING WITH CLOSEUPS: Inside a Saturn I Fuel Tank in Flight

This film was captured by a camera inside one of the kerosene tanks of the first stage of the Saturn I booster during the SA-5 flight on 1964-01-29, the first to carry a live second stage and the first orbital launch of a Saturn I. The camera was intended to observe the performance of anti-slosh baffles placed inside the tank as it was rapidly drained of fuel during first first stage flight. After the first stage cut off and was jettisoned, residual fuel can be seen rushing forward and inundating the camera at the top of the stage.

Posted at August 26, 2021 07:11