Category Archives: Rockets

NASA fires F-1 engine gas generator

As part of the SLS archeology project, a group  of NASA engineers have refurbished a gas-generator , essentially a separate rocket engine used to drive pumps for the main engine, used for the famous Saturn F-1 engines and fired it several times.

718979main_IMG_7022_cropped_800-600[1]Engineers in the F-1 gas generator project take on the 1960s NASA look.

The Space Shuttle’s record + A 48 passenger space vehicle

A defense of the Space Shuttle: The Remarkable Record of the Space Shuttle – CitizensInSpace.

The Shuttle certainly demonstrated lots of important capabilities and applications. Unfortunately, it was too expensive to do any of them operationally. We will have to wait for fully reusable space transports for that.


Here’s an unusual concept for a big suborbital space vehicle: SHIPinSPACE – 48 Passenger Suborbital Reusable Blasting Survival Vehicle – Investor presentation (pptx)/a>.

See also a couple of videos here and here.