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Saturn V Rocket Engine Propellant Valve

This is an original NASA Apollo Saturn V Launch Vehicle Rocket Engine Solenoid Fuel Valve. This artifact is a "FLIGHT SPARE" that was qualified for space flight. This valve was controlled by the onboard computer system to automatically control the rocket fuel system aboard the Saturn V Moon Rocket.

This Solenoid Valve was manufactured by the Marotta Valve Corporation, who also made valves for the NASA Apollo LM and CM Propulsion Systems. The valve is suitable for use with air, gaseous nitrogen, or helium.

This unit was purchased at a Marshall Space Flight Center Auction by a local "Rocket Engineer". MSFC was the prime NASA location for design and construction of much of the Apollo Saturn family of Launch Carrier Vehicles in the 1960's.

Marotta built this space qualified valve from corrosion resistant stainless steel and aerospace grade aluminum alloys.

The label reads:
NASA
GEORGE C. MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
US
2-Way, 2-Position Solenoid Valve
ASSEMBLY NUMBER: 65B23278-5B
CONTRACT NUMBER: NAS8-5608
ACCEPTANCE DATE: FEBRUARY, 1965
SERIAL NUMBER: 145
WEIGHT: 1.9 POUNDS
MANUFACTURED BY: 228484 (qualified)
MODEL MV130TB
SOLENOID VALVE
2-WAY, 2-POSITION, NC
24 VOLTS DC, 1.0 AMP
PORTS PER: AND10050-6
MFG PART NUMBER: 228484
REV: 2295D
SERIAL NUMBER: 145
SERVICE: AIR, GN2, He
OPERATING PRESSURE: 3500 PSIG
CONTRACT NUMBER: NAS8-5608
Marotta
VALVE CORPORATION
Boonton, N.J., Santa Ana, Calif., U.S.


The dimensions are about 5 inches long by 1.75 inches in diameter.

An excellent example of the robust mechanical construction used in the Saturn V Rocket Systems.

Front view:
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Inlet view:
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Outlet view:
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