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Saturn SA-4



This was an uncrewed test flight of the Saturn 1 (SA-4) booster and the final of a series of four tests of the Saturn first stage. The rocket was launched on a sub-orbital flight to an altitude of 129 km and a peak velocity of 5906 km/hr. After 100 seconds of flight, a pre-set timer cut off engine no. 5 as planned to test the "engine-out" capability of the booster. Fuel was successfully routed to the other seven engines and the flight continued. This completed the Block 1 Saturn tests.

Alternate Names

  • Apollo SA-4 Test Flight
  • SaturnSA-4

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1963-03-28
Launch Vehicle: Saturn 1
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Engineering

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



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