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Lockheed-Martin 504c Crew Module Demo Flight Cone - US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 34° 42.615 W 086° 39.258
16S E 531655 N 3840965
Quick Description: A 504c Crew Module Demo Flight Cone on static display outside of the Main Exhibit Building at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville AL
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/26/2017 1:04:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMWXKR
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 2

Long Description:
There are several static aircraft and spacecraft on display outside of the main exhibit building at the US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville AL.

The waymarked demo flight cone is located near the Saturn V rocket engine.

Its sign reads as follows:

"LOCKHEED MARTIN 504c
CREW MODULE DEMO FLIGHT CONE

Although never performed, Lockheed Martin prepared for a potential test flight of the 504c Crew Module. The Crew Module Demo Flight Cone, designed to attach directly to the Crew Module, holds two solid propellant MK-72 rockets mounted on opposing brackets on sides of the Demo Flight Cone. In the design plan, the booster motors would remove the capsule from the top of the booster during a test flight. The demo flight cone separates from the crew module and the parachutes ploy, allowing a safe return to earth. This test flight would have provided engineers with data on aerodynamic forces, acceleration (G-forces) and more from onboard sensors and data recorders.

Propulsion: Two MK-72 solid rocket motors

Propellant: HTPB-AP (hydroxyl- terminated polybutadiene-ammonium perchlorate)

Contractors:
Lockheed Martin Corporation (integration and design)

Griffon Aerospace (fabrication)

Aerojet Rocketdyne (MK-72 motors)"
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Lockheed-Martin 504c Crew Module Demo Flight Cone

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville AL

inside / outside: outside

Access restrictions:
Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Fee required


Tail Number: (S/N): Not listed

Other Information:: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Photo of aircraft (required - will be interesting to see if the aircraft is ever repainted or progress if being restored)
Photo of serial number (required unless there is not one or it is a replica)
Photo(s) of any artwork on the aircraft (optional but interesting)

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