One of Jeff Bezos’ expeditions is a project to recover a number of complete F-1 engines from the Apollo program. These primary rockets were ejected and left to crash down into the water once their job of providing enough thrust to get to escape velocity was done.
“We’re bringing home enough major components to fashion displays of two flown F-1 engines. The upcoming restoration will stabilize the hardware and prevent further corrosion. We want the hardware to tell its true story, including its 5,000 mile per hour re-entry and subsequent impact with the ocean surface. We’re excited to get this hardware on display where just maybe it will inspire something amazing.”
Even though these missions were finished in the early 70s we’re still going to be able to look back and learn new things. As a new wave of modern day space explorers start building new rockets, and we figure out difficult problems like how to fly to Mars it’s cool to see a project to learn from the past. And so Deming’s cycle continues – Plan – Do – Consider and Act. The Bezos team is providing great fodder for teams to consider from the last time we did this, act and plan then do.
(images via www.bezosexpeditions.com)