Saturn IB Vehicle Overview

A complete overview of the Saturn IB launch vehicle, including launch stats, vehicle info and launch locations.

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Saturn IB rocket

Basic Info

Name

Saturn IB

Family

Saturn

Manufacturer

First Launch

26 Feb 1966

Successful Launches

9

Failed Launches

1

Rocket Info

Status

Inactive

Stages

2

Length

43.2 m

Diameter

6.61 m

Launch Mass

590 tons

Thrust

7,100 kN

Reusability

Not Reusable

Payload Info

LEO Capacity

21,000 kg

The Saturn IB (pronounced "one B", also known as the Uprated Saturn I) was an American launch vehicle commissioned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the Apollo program. It replaced the S-IV second stage of the Saturn I with the much more powerful S-IVB, able to launch a partially fueled Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM) or a fully fueled Lunar Module (LM) into low Earth orbit for early flight tests before the larger Saturn V needed for lunar flight was ready.

Launch Sites used by Saturn IB

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station launch site

Historic U.S. military rocket launch site, pivotal in space exploration and national security.

📍 FL, United States
🚀 971 Launches

Upcoming Launches

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center launch site

NASA's primary launch site for human spaceflight, housing iconic facilities and a rich space history.

📍 FL, United States
🚀 239 Launches

Upcoming Launches