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Saturn V

General information

The Saturn V was a three stage launch vehicle. Thirteen of these rockets had been launched with a successrate of 100%. All vehicle configurations, except for the last one (SA-513), were more or less identical: a Saturn V launch vehicle with an Apollo spacecraft on top. The whole stack stood 111 meters tall.

Saturn V - Apollo
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S-IC S-II
with interstage
S-IVB (500 series)
with interstage
S-IU
Instrument
Unit
LM
Lunar
module
SLA
Service
module
Lunar
module
Adapter
Command
module
and
Service module
Launch
Escape
System
Empty: 131 Tons
Loaded: 2282 Tons
Empty: 35 Tons
Loaded: 487 Tons
Interstage: 4.7 Tons
Empty: 11 Tons
Loaded: 118 Tons
Interstage: 3.7 Tons
2 Tons 15 Tons 1.8 Tons 5.6 Tons
23.3 Tons
4.1 Tons

The launch weight of a Saturn V Apollo came to 2900 metric Tons.
Without fuel its weight was 230 Tons.
The five first stage F-1 engines delivered a total thrust of about 3700 Tons.
The total weight of the Apollo spacecraft (orbiter + moon lander) came to 45 Tons.



Saturn V - Skylab
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S-IC S-II
with interstage
Skylab (launch configuration) with interstage
Empty: 131 Tons
Loaded: 2274 Tons
Empty: 37 Tons
Loaded: 484 Tons
Interstage: 4.7 Tons
Skylab Workshop: 85 Tons
Payload shroud: 11.6 Tons
Interstage: 3.7 Tons

The launch weight of the Saturn V - Skylab came also to 2900 metric Tons
For this particular mission a two staged Saturn V was used.
The payload was America's first space station with a total weight of 90 metirc Tons. Skylab was built from a modified S-IVB stage. Equipment was installed inside and outside the modified stage. Furthermore an airlock, a docking adapter and a solar telescope were attached to the stage.



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Same picture but with Earth's curvature taken into account.
The light green plot represents the flight path in the first 12 minutes of a typical Apollo mission. The 130 metric Ton heavy payload which was inserted into a 190 km high parking orbit, was comprised of a fueled S-IVB stage with the Apollo spacecraft on top. The light red plot represents the flight path of the first 12 minutes of the Skylab 1 mission. The 90 metric Ton heavy payload, America's first space station, was inserted into a 430 km high orbit.


Gallery of Saturn Launch Vehicles
Saturn IB Launch Vehicles

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Saturn V Launch Vehicles

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Apollo Program Launch Vehicles

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Skylab program Launch Vehicles

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Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
Launch Vehicles

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