The historic test stand that helped launch us to the moon is getting a new life in Huntsville.
NASA is partnering with the company Blue Origin to revive and upgrade the test stand used in the Apollo mission. It will test some of the company’s newest rocket engines.
According to NASA the 300-foot tall stand was constructed in 1965 and was the backbone in testing Saturn V propulsion.
WZDX News caught up with the Marshall Space Flight Center director of the propulsion systems department at the Space and Rocket Center’s Pass the Torch event.
“It was great for us,” said Mary Beth Koelbl. “We had a test stand that wasn’t being used and Blue Origin wanted to lease it so it’s a win-win. Win for them, they get a test stand, and win for us. We have an unused facility that’s now going to be used. It’s awesome.”
Blue Origin broke ground in January to build it’s new Huntsville facility. Company leaders say it will create the world’s most powerful rocket engines.