The Historic Rocket Engine Test Facility (RETF)
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Control Room - 1957
Control Room - 1957
A view of the Control Room from the Observation Room.
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Control Room - 1957
Control Room - 1957
View in the Control Room. Engineers at the control panels.
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New Laboratory - 1957
New Laboratory - 1957
This is a picture of a bottle farm at RETF South 40 ca.1957.
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Rocket Test Stand - 1957
Rocket Test Stand - 1957
20,000 pound rocket test stand and engine installation at the South 40 Rocket Research Facility.
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Engineer - 1957
Engineer - 1957
Engineer in Building 100 control room examining data printout.
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Control Room - 1955
Control Room - 1955
Building 100 control room, showing personnel with data recording instrumentation.
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Rocket Lab Shop - 1958
Rocket Lab Shop - 1958
Assembly of 20K rocket engine in rocket lab shop.
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Rocket Lab Shop - 1958
Rocket Lab Shop - 1958
Assembly of 20K rocket engine in rocket lab shop.
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Rocket Lab Shop - 1958
Rocket Lab Shop - 1958
Assembly of 20K rocket engine in rocket lab shop.
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Engine Wrapping - 1959
Engine Wrapping - 1959
Rocket engine wrapping operation in the machine shop.
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Flow Disturbance - 1959
Flow Disturbance - 1959
Flow disturbance device and thrust chamber setup at the RETF.
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Rocket Model - 1959
Rocket Model - 1959
4000 pound rocket model.
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Robert J. Gardner - 1959
Robert J. Gardner - 1959
Robert J. Gardner pressure checking fuel impinging qualities of 20K pound rocket injector at the RETF.
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Flow patterns - 1960
Flow patterns - 1960
Checking flow pattern of Rocket Engine Ejector at RETF using water.
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Rocket Installation - 1960
Rocket Installation - 1960
20K rocket installation showing streak camera setup at the RETF.
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Engineer - 1962
Engineer - 1962
Engineer in Building 100 control room examining data printout.
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RETF - 1965
RETF - 1965
Interior and exterior views of the RETF.
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Zone Injector - 1966
Zone Injector - 1966
Zone Injector Rocket Engine at the RETF test stand.
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Zone Injector - 1966
Zone Injector - 1966
Zone Injector Rocket Engine at the RETF test stand.
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Sliding Injector - 1967
Sliding Injector - 1967
Sliding injector on the test stand in the RETF.
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Oxidant Dome - 1967
Oxidant Dome - 1967
Variable orifice in oxidant dome of the rocket engine test rig at the RETF.
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Calorimeter - 1972
Calorimeter - 1972
Ed Krawczonek at the pressurizing panel for the Calorimeter.
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Control Console - 1976
Control Console - 1976
Rocket operations control console and liquid hydrogen bearing rig in the fluid mechanics laboratory FMLEngineers Lorenz Leopold and David Vincent at work at the operations control console.
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
George Repas shows NASA Lewis Research Director Dr. John F. McCarthy the B stand.
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
B Stand ribbon cutting ceremony - RETF - Standing left to right are: George Repas, Alvin Pavli, Wayne Thomas, Joe Etzler, Neal Wingenfeld, Ed Krawczonek in the control room at the RETF.
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Test Crew - 1984
Test Crew - 1984
RETF test crew in action - Standing left to right are: Joe Etzler, Neal Wingenfeld, Ed Krawczonek, Mark Klem.
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Ratio Rocket Engine - 1985
Ratio Rocket Engine - 1985
1000 to 1 area ratio rocket engine mounted in new altitude test stand.
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Control Room - 1987
Control Room - 1987
ROB (Rocket Operations Building) control room instrumentation - Ed Krawczonek and C. Joe Morgan.
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Centaur - 1961
Centaur - 1961
Centaur start tests - Bob Gardner.
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Hydrogen Transfer - 1964
Hydrogen Transfer - 1964
Hydrogen transfer from the roadable dewar to the main tank.
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A-Stand - 1986
A-Stand - 1986
A-Stand with water cooled calorimeter plug engine - Arlette Haeberle, technician.
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Fred Kubiak and Bob Braun - 1987
Fred Kubiak and Bob Braun - 1987
Fred Kubiak and Bob Braun doing hydrazine transfer at test stand B.
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Inside - 1989
Inside - 1989
Examining A-Stand scrubber are left to right: C. Joe Morgan, Hamilton Fernandez, Ed Krawczonek and persons unknown.
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