Dec 302014
 

Ah, back in the days when rocket manufacturers proudly advertised their wares… missiles and rockets Sept 61 thiokol rocket ad

 Posted by at 2:34 am
  • Bob

    I was looking at some old American Rocket Society magazines about 20 years ago from about 1960 and I saw an ad I don’t know if it was Aerojet or Thiokol but they were pushing for a giant solid fuel moon rocket. The pressure vessel would be built like a giant building welded together on the launch pad. Then the solid fuel wouldn’t be poured but was laid in cinderblock sized bricks by workers inside the pressure vessel troweled up with uncured fuel. They had cartoons of all of this in the ad. I leave it to your imagination what would happen if they were working in there and there was a spark. No smoking and no elastic underwear allowed!

    • publiusr

      I would love to see that–and the cow being cooked.

  • se jones

    So Scott, what’s the deal with public viewing of the next 5 segment SRB test in March?
    How close can a person get?
    Is there a good spot on the hills between your house and the test site to the West where you can look down on it?
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    Every once in a while, a manufacturer will take the plunge, like this full page ad in the Dec 15th AW&ST. LM also put this same ad FULL PAGE in color in the Denver Post. The Post is a full sized, regional, broadsheet paper, so it must have cost LM quite a bit.

    Naturally it’s controversial in the aerospace community, as in “what the hell does Orion have to do with a manned (sorry – crewed) Mars mission?

    • Scottlowther

      > what’s the deal with public viewing of the next 5 segment SRB test in March?

      You show up. The earlier you show up, the better the parking spot… and the longer you’ll have to stay there when it’s over.

      > How close can a person get?

      About 8,000 feet.

      > Is there a good spot on the hills between your house and the test site to the West where you can look down on it?

      To certain limits of the definition of “you,” sure. The land is privately owned, so you’d have to trespass to get up to the top of the hill to look down on the test. ATK, NASA and DoD security might not be over-fond of you for doing so. But if you succeed, then you might get the thrill of the end of a lifetime. I understand that a cow managed to get to the top of the hill just as an RSRM was fired up, a decade or two ago; ATK had to compensate the rancher for the overcooked beefcritter that resulted.

      • se jones

        Mkay, thanks.

    • Chris Jones

      This slogan (“one step closer to Mars”) has been ubiquitous after the test flight, presumably hyped so by NASA. It’s true but essentially meaningless. “One step closer to Neptune” or “one flight closer to the shuttering of NASA” are equally true and all but meaningless.

    • publiusr

      Well it’s like this see. There was this huge ship that went out to Mars, but all they needed was Orion on the way back.
      They just practiced Yoga really hard so to not have to breathe or eat…