SP-4206 Stages to Saturn
 

 

[405] Appendix A-Schematic of Saturn V

 

Schematic of Saturn V.

[406] Average R&D Cost for One Saturn I, IB, and V Launch Vehicle

 

Saturn I

The initial development and production of the Saturn I was accomplished in-house; only the latter stages were placed on contract. Army projects assumed the initial FY 1958 and 1959 costs; NASA's total costs were not accumulated, during the development phase, to provide a true average unit cost (i.e., the original plan for S-I stages was to procure 21 each). At the conclusion of the program shown on the funding history, the total cost to NASA of the 10 Saturn Is actually launched was $753 million.

 

Saturn IB and Saturn V

Costs for development and production of the Saturn IBs and Saturn Vs were not collected by specific vehicle because of the magnitude of the modifications based on mission requirements and because of the sustaining engineering and launch support required to support lengthened schedule restraints. The following unit costs include production of basic hardware plus modifications, spares, and associated ground support equipment for MSFC-responsible hardware only (first stage through instrument unit). Costs exclude all development, sustaining engineering, transportation, propellants, storage, etc., required to launch.

 

Stage

Basic Hardware Production

Modification Costs

Spares

Stage & Vehicle Ground Support Equipment (GSE)

GSE Systems Development

Total Stage

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Saturn IB Total Production Cost - $46.7M

S-IB

7.9

0.3

1.1

0.1

-

9.4

S-IVB

13.0

1.9

0.9

0.2

-

16.0

IU

8.3

0.4

0.6

0.4

-

9.7

GSE

-

0.5

0.5

3.1

2.6

6.7

Engines

3.6

-

1.0

-

.

4.6

.

Total

32.8

3.1

4.1

3.8

2.6

46.4

.

Saturn V Total Production Costs - $113.1M

S-IC

19.4

0.2

1.4

0.3

-

21.3

S-II

21.0

1.0

3.6

0.6

-

26.2

S-IVB

15.6

0.2

1.2

0.3

-

17.3

IU

10.9

0.9

1.0

0.9

-

13.7

GSE

-

-

0.9

7.5

3.1

11.5

Engines

20.3

-

2.3

0.5

-

23.1

.

Total

87.2

2.3

10.4

10.1

3.1

113.1


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