The Mighty Saturns: Saturn I and IB

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3-DVD collection on the development of the early Saturn launch vehicles, the Saturn I and Saturn IB. Featuring an original documentary and packed with pad camera footage.

Region 0 (worldwide) – Total running time over 6 hours



The Saturn I and IB were the first steps in developing large, clustered launch vehicles which eventually provided the power for the United States’ exploration of space. Born of a U.S. Army project, the Saturns were transferred to NASA and adopted to carry man into Earth orbit. The lessons learned from the early Saturns were applied to developing the Saturn V moon rocket, and were essential vehicles on America’s road to mission success.

The Saturn I and IB – 5.1 Surround – 43-minute program covering the conception, design, development, testing and launch history of the Saturn I and IB, featuring exclusive new interviews with Saturn veterans. Choose this selection for playing on a surround sound system. Launch sequences are recreated from Saturn launch audio, and contain intense low frequency effects.

Bonus Materials

As a vehicle designed to test concepts and develop launch vehicle techniques, the Saturn I and IB was heavily instrumented with television and film systems to allow engineers to monitor performance. Much of this engineering footage is presented here in raw form, along with documentation of significant Saturn I and IB milestones. This bonus footage includes S-I fuel tank installation, S-I test firing, S-IV handling, S-IV test firing, SA-5 TV launch feed, SA-5 tank interior, SA-6 onboards, SA-8 pegasus deployment, SA-203 liquid hydrogen tank interior, SA-1 erection and checkout, SA-5 pad damage, SA-204 pad operations, SA-206 pad operations and the SA-210 rollout.


Footage of every Saturn I launch from SA-1 through SA-10, and the Saturn IB launches from AS-201 through AS-210, most with multiple angles. Audio from Saturn launch audio in surround with intense low frequency effects.


The Launch of Apollo 7

Perimeter and Overall View

Service Structure, Overall Medium, Overall Launch, Camera E13, Camera E49, Camera E51, Camera E63

Tracking Views

Eight Tracking Camera Views A

Swing Arm/Tower Views

TOWER S-IVB,E42,E43,E45,E50,E52,E53,E55,E56,E104

Pedestal Views


Additional information

Weight .6 lbs

5 reviews for The Mighty Saturns: Saturn I and IB

  1. markwgray

    Required viewing for proper historical context on Apollo
    Dave W (Colorado) 6/10/2014 3:23 PM
    There are many things about the race to the moon which are overlooked, such as Project Gemini. The development of the Saturn 1/1B likewise falls in that category. Much of what is available on the Saturn 1/1B DVD cannot be found elsewhere. This set includes a wonderful documentary narrated by John Willyard about the development and importance of the Saturn 1/1B. There are so many new things I discovered viewing this set – too many to list. In addition to the documentary, the set comes with every launch of a Saturn 1/1B, and select launches are available in fantastic detail – right down to the individual launch pad camera angles. Of particular interest to me was the surround sound (my decoder says Dolby 3.1) with enhanced low frequency sound. The launch shook the living room, giving the fantastic illusion of being present during the launch. Great work by Mark Gray and Spacecraft Films!

  2. markwgray

    The Start of a Legend
    Mark Bowyer (Banbury, Oxfordshire) 2/14/2013 1:06 PM
    Started long before Kennedy set the goal of a Moon landing, work had started on the Saturn family of boosters. Created as a budget test platform it was bolted together from ad many off the shelf components as possible. The series of launches saw 100% success and led on to the development of the uprated Saturn 1b. This set covers a very important stage in the development of heavy loft boosters.

  3. markwgray

    A fascinating insight into the Mid 60s US space programme
    Roger Heap (Fareham, Hampshire) 3/31/2012 5:15 PM
    One of the first DVD sets I purchased, I have watched this excellent documentary many times and still find something of interest. Prior to watching these DVDs I was unaware as to the importance of Saturn 1 in the lead up to the Moon race and I learned a great deal more interesting information as I watched them. This is top quality, no- frills documentary footage from beginning to end ( the subject needs no embellishment ). Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the subject of space exploration. I will definitely purchase more titles in this series, keep up the good work, Spacecraft Films.

  4. markwgray

    Charles (USA) 10/16/2011 8:50 PM
    I love anything about the space race and in particular the developement of the Saturn rockets! Superb footage, much of which I had never seen. You have to have this if you are as an avid fan of these fantastic machines as I am!

  5. markwgray

    Great Films
    Craig (Grapevine, TX) 1/9/2011 12:25 PM
    This was the first DVD collection that I bought from Spacecraft Films since they were out of the Saturn 5 collection at the time. This is a great resource and great to watch. The main disk contains a great documentary about the rocket and I love all the NASA camera shots of the launches on the other disks. I love to put these in while I work just and play them in the background. Definitely recommend!

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