[FPSPACE] anyone know more about this? Aerojet testing site in Florida, 1960s

Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Tue Nov 13 17:40:53 EST 2012


http://vimeo.com/22954417

 

 


Space Miami - Aerojet-Dade Rocket Site Documentary


In 1963 Aerojet-General built a rocket manufacturing plant in the middle of
the Everglades. They were hoping to build rockets for the Apollo moon
mission. The rockets were built and tested in a 150 ft. deep silo, the
deepest hole ever dug in Florida.

In addition to the site, they dug the largest canal cutting through the
Everglades to the Atlantic ocean. Because the rockets were so big (solid
fueled), they could only be transfered by barge. 

The Saturn rockets ended up with liquid fuel and Aerojet never got the
contract. The site was abandoned in 1969, along with the rocket in the silo.
It's been sitting there for nearly 50 years. 

 

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