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Space Related => Astronautics Forum => Topic started by: jcarrion on December 15, 2017, 02:25:03 PM

Title: Apollo Launch Pad Bunker????
Post by: jcarrion on December 15, 2017, 02:25:03 PM
Interestingly , the famous 39b/a launchpads that we all  know , house an emergency bunker below  , to be used by the astronauts in the case of an emergency (  fire ?) on the launch pad.

Thanks to a sef of pulleys , and a zip line . the 3 astronauts would winch themselves down the 110 meters height , and throught a set of tunnels/blast doors,  lock themselves inside the bunker ,until the big explosion. Remember that a fully fuelled Saturn V has roughtly 1/7th of the explosive power of an Hiroshima-type fission nuclear bomb.

(https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a410/ap10-69-H-576.jpg)

(https://farm9.static.flickr.com/8060/8201887044_9e35ed3e4e_b.jpg)
(https://spaceflightnow.com/news/n1211/19rubberroom/full10.jpg)

When the risk of explosion would ve been over ( either beacause It actually blew up ) or the fire been put off, the crew would have been recovered with an M113 Armour Troop Carrier .


(https://www.nasa.gov/images/content/531884main_M113launchpad226x170.jpg)

Most astronauts practiced driving the M113 tracked vehicle , so they could get back to safety . Here is some shuttle-astronaut after his training drive.

(https://www.nasa.gov/images/content/531962main_M113bresnick.jpg)