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F-1 Engine

Developed by Rocketdyne, the F-1 engine generated nearly 1.5 million pounds of thrust. F-1 engines were clustered in groups of five in the first stage (S-IC stage) of Saturn V rockets. As a group, the five engines gulped 15 tons of kerosene and Liquid oxygen per second.

F-1 at the Michigan Space and Science Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2002)

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F-1 engine on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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F-1 engine on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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F-1 engine on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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H-1 Engine

The H-1 was developed by Rocketdyne and used kerosene and liquid oxygen as propellents. Eight H-1 engines were used on the first stage of Saturn I and IB rockets.

H-1 engine on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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H-1 engine on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

H1 Rocket engine side view H1 Rocket engine thrust chamber H1 Rocket engine power head
 

H-1 engine on display at the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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J-2 Engine

The J-2 was developed by Rocketdyne and used liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as propellents. The Saturn 5 second stage (S-II) used five J-2 engines, while the third stage (SIV-B) used a single J-2.

J-2 photos were taken at the Michigan Space and Science Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2002)

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A J-2 engine on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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LR-87 Engine

The LR-87 rocket was used on Titan missiles and space launchers.

LR-87 engine on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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LR-87 engine on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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LR-87 thrust chamber in storage at the Michigan Space Science Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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Navaho Rocket Engine on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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Redstone Engine

Redstone engine on display at the Michigan Space and Science Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2002)

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Redstone engine on display at the Michigan Space Science Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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Redstone engine on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

Redstone Motor overview Redstone Motor thrust chamber Redstone Motor side detail Redstone Motor fuel pumps Redstone Motor side view
 

Redstone engine on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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RL-10 Engine

RL-10 on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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RL-10 Rocket Motor on Display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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S-3 (LR-79) Rocket Engine

The S-3 rocket was used on the Thor and Jupiter rockets. The military designation for the S-3 was LR-79.

S-3 engine on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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S-3 on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

S-3 Rocket overview S-3 Rocket thrust chamber S-3 Rocket side view S-3 Rocket fuel pumps S-3 Rocket

Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME)

The Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) was developed in Huntsville, Alabama at the Marshall Space Flight Center. The SSME uses liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as propellents. The Space Shuttle uses three SSME.

Photos of an SSME on display at the Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry, Kennedy Space Center

(Photos: Kevin Reynolds, 2000)

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SSME on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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SSME Powerhead on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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SSME engine on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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V-2 Engine

V-2 engine on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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V-2 engine on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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V-2 engine on display at the Air Force Space and Missile Museum

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2009)

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V-2 Thrust Chamber on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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V-2 Thrust Chamber on display at the Michigan Space Science Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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XLR-11 Engine

The XLR-11 was developed to propel manned rocketplanes. This four-chambered rocket engine used alcohol and liquid oxygen as propellent.

XLR-11 displayed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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XLR-99 Engine

The XLR-99 was used in the X-15 hypersonic rocketplane. The XLR-99 used ammonia and liquid oxygen as propellent.

XLR-99 rocket engine displayed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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Apollo Lunar Module Descent Engine

Lunar Module Descent Engine on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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Apollo Lunar Module Ascent Engine

Lunar Module Ascent Engine on display at the United States Space and Rocket Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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Lunar Module Ascent Engine in Storage at the Michigan Space Science Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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Apollo Service Module Engine

Apollo Service Module Engine (without nozzle extension) on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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Agena Engine

Bell Model 8048 Rocket Engine on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2007)

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NERVA Engine

Photos of a NERVA rocket nozzle on display at the Michigan Space and Science Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2002)

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Atlas Sustainer Rocket Motor

Photos of an Atlas Sustainer Motor currently being restored at the Michigan Space Science Center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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Viking Engine

Photos of a Viking rocket engine on display at the Udvar-Hazy center

(Photos: Richard Kruse, 2008)

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