Propulsion and Structural Test Facility

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Propulsion and Structural Test Facility
Propulsion and Structural Test Facility.jpg
Propulsion and Structural Test Facility at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.
Propulsion and Structural Test Facility is located in Alabama
Propulsion and Structural Test Facility
Location Huntsville, Alabama
Coordinates 34°37′31.5″N 86°39′30.8″W / 34.625417°N 86.658556°W / 34.625417; -86.658556Coordinates: 34°37′31.5″N 86°39′30.8″W / 34.625417°N 86.658556°W / 34.625417; -86.658556
Built 1957
Architect Heinz Hilten[1] of the U.S. Army
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body NATIONAL AERONAUTICS & SPACE ADMINISTRATION
NRHP Reference # 85002804
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 3, 1985[2]
Designated NHL October 3, 1985[3]

The Propulsion and Structural Test Facility is a facility of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. It was the site where the first single-stage rockets with multiple engines were tested.[4]

This site was built in 1957 by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency and was the primary center responsible for the development of large vehicles and rocket propulsion systems. The Saturn Family of launch vehicles was developed here under the direction of Wernher von Braun. The Saturn V remains the most powerful launch vehicle ever brought to operational status, from a height, weight and payload standpoint.[3]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1985.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Spires, Shelby (April 30, 2009). "Architect for rocket team hits a century". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b c "Propulsion and Structural Test Facility". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  4. ^ a b Butowsky, Harry A. (May 15, 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Propulsion and Structural Test Facility / Solid Motor Structural Test Facility" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 8 photos, from 1971, 1982, and 1984. PDF (2.09 MB)

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