Waking a Giant: Bringing the Saturn Era F-1 Engine Back to Life


  • After decades of slumber, a team of engineers at Marshall Space Flight Center embarked on an endeavor to wake an F-1 engine and bring it back to life. An advanced F-1 engine is currently in the trade space for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) evolved capabilities, and MSFC engineers recognized that they had a unique opportunity to develop their skills by tearing into this historical engine and moving into a component test program. The findings from this project will be applied to SLS advanced booster risk reduction activities and SLS trade studies. This activity has energized the propulsion department at MSFC and has brought life back to an engine that was once a sleeping giant.