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Saturn S-II-C3

Lox/LH2 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 204,044/24,938 kg. Thrust 3,557.31 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 420 seconds. Version for Saturn C-3.

No Engines: 4.

Status: Study 1960.
Gross mass: 204,044 kg (449,840 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 24,938 kg (54,978 lb).
Height: 21.30 m (69.80 ft).
Diameter: 8.25 m (27.06 ft).
Span: 8.25 m (27.06 ft).
Thrust: 3,557.31 kN (799,716 lbf).
Specific impulse: 420 s.
Specific impulse sea level: 300 s.
Burn time: 200 s.

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Associated Engines
  • J-2 Rocketdyne lox/lh2 rocket engine. 1033.1 kN. Study 1961. Isp=421s. Used in Saturn IVB stage in Saturn IB and Saturn V, and Saturn II stage in Saturn V. Gas generator, pump-fed. First flight 1966. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Saturn C-3 The launch vehicle concept considered for a time as the leading contender for the Earth Orbit Rendezvous approach to an American lunar landing. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Lox/LH2 Liquid oxygen was the earliest, cheapest, safest, and eventually the preferred oxidiser for large space launchers. Its main drawback is that it is moderately cryogenic, and therefore not suitable for military uses where storage of the fuelled missile and quick launch are required. Liquid hydrogen was identified by all the leading rocket visionaries as the theoretically ideal rocket fuel. It had big drawbacks, however - it was highly cryogenic, and it had a very low density, making for large tanks. The United States mastered hydrogen technology for the highly classified Lockheed CL-400 Suntan reconnaissance aircraft in the mid-1950's. The technology was transferred to the Centaur rocket stage program, and by the mid-1960's the United States was flying the Centaur and Saturn upper stages using the fuel. It was adopted for the core of the space shuttle, and Centaur stages still fly today. More...

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