SATURN APOLLO APPLICATIONS CLUSTER CONFIGURATION MODEL.
VERY RARE ORIGINAL CONTRACTOR'S MODEL OF THE APOLLO APPLICATIONS CONFIGURATION IN ORIGINAL CASE.
Model made by the NASA-George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Graphic Engineering and Models Branch in Huntsville, Alabama ca. 1968. Metal, wood, and plastic, partly transparent, 1/96 scale, 12½ inches tall. The AAP Cluster features: an Orbital Workshop (OWS) section with cut-out portion giving a view onto the activities on three crewmen on two separate platform levels as well as an instrument panel, exercise bicycle, and chair. With two removable OWS Solar Array Panels, Instrumentation Unit (IU) section with removable partially transparent nose-cone, fixed spacecraft Lunar Module Adapter (SLA), Airlock Module, Structural Transition Section, and Multiple Docking Adapter. Also included are a Command Service Module (CSM) section, a Lunar Module (LM) section with Apollo Telescope Mount and four ATM Solar Array Panels. The CSM and LM can be placed in the "docked" position via push-snap connectors located on the Multiple Docking Adapter. Fixed onto a wooden base along with a ground crew member, with MSFC plaque. The whole fitting into an original 16 by 11 by 6½ inch foam-lined wood carrying case, painted blue, with decals reading "A.A.P. No. 30" and "FRAGILE," U.S. Government Shipment Label dated 7-12-68, as well as original address labels from the George Marshall Space Flight Center addressed to the Transportation Officer at NASA.
Provenance: Ms. Rose A. Benas, a member of the special staff of the Manned Space Flight Administration, NASA.
During the mid-1960s, the Apollo Applications Program (AAP) had envisioned not only Earth orbital survey missions but lunar orbit mapping and extended lunar landing flights. Through the later 1960s, AAP was scaled back to Earth orbit operations and utilized the tanks inside the S-IVB. They would not contain fuel but could be turned into a habitable module with scientific equipment stored inside prior to launch. This program, known as SKYLAB, had three manned missions, with visits from a total of nine astronauts from 1973-74.