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Saturn IB Rocket

Saturn IB

The Saturn IB (one B) was a launch vehicle used for the NASA to reach low Earth orbit (LEO). It was used in the early stages of the Apollo Program to test the Apollo spacecraft and the Lunar Module in LEO, before the larger Saturn V needed for lunar flight was ready (you can find my Lego Saturn V in this link: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/88991)

Some Saturn IB missions:

Apollo 1. A tragedy. In 1967 a cabin fire killed three astronauts during dress rehearsal for planned February 21, 1967 launch.

Apollo 5 (1968), successful unmanned LEO test of Lunar Module.

Apollo 7 (1968), successful manned test of the Apollo spacecraft CSM.

Skylab 2, Skylab 3 and Skylab 4. Successful manned misions to the Skylab Space Station, using the Apollo spacecraft (1973).

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP). Successful United States-Soviet Union joint mission (1975). The crew of US used an Apollo CSM with a special docking adapter module. You can find a minifig scale of the ASTP in this link:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/89624

The Saturn IB had 2 stages, a lenght of 68 m and a mass of 589,770 kg. The payload to LEO was 15,300 kg.

The Lego model of Saturn IB used 378 bricks.

The set also includes 3 minifigs of astronauts, a typical crew of an Apollo mission, Skylab mission or ASTP.

Total brick count: 396 pcs

Other related projects

If you like the Saturn IB, be sure to visit my others Lego Space Exploration Projects in Lego Ideas:

Sputnik 1957, the first artificial satellite. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/81706

Soyuz Spacecraft, a minifig scale model of the Soyuz 7K-OK (1967 variant),https://ideas.lego.com/projects/88562

Saturn V and Launch Facilities, https://ideas.lego.com/projects/88991

Apollo 11, an accurate reproduction of the CSM Apollo and lunar module Eagle.https://ideas.lego.com/projects/84718

Apollo 11 Rescue Mission. A set about the rescue ofthe astronauts and recovery of the Apollo 11 command module in the Pacific Ocean. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/86997

Apollo Soyuz Mission 1975. The first joint US-Russia mission: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/89624

Voyager Mission 1979-2014. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/82995

Orion Exploration Flight Test 2014, https://ideas.lego.com/projects/87437

Software used in this project:

Virtual model building:

Lego Digital Designer (LDD), http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/

Pictures rendering:  

LDD2POVRAY, http://ldd2povray.lddtools.com/
POVRAY, http://www.povray.org/

Custom decals design:

Inkscape, https://www.inkscape.org/en/