Restored Apollo test capsule unveiled

Spacecraft on display at Special Aerospace Services flight factory in Arvada

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Posted 7/25/19

A restored Apollo 16 test capsule was unveiled by Special Aerospace Services LLC in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. The restored spacecraft will be displayed …

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Restored Apollo test capsule unveiled

Spacecraft on display at Special Aerospace Services flight factory in Arvada

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A restored Apollo 16 test capsule was unveiled by Special Aerospace Services LLC in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

The restored spacecraft will be displayed permanently at the company's Flight Factory in Arvada, where engineering design work for future lunar missions is now underway.

“The Apollo program endures as a milestone in engineering achievement,” Heather Bulk, Special Aerospace Services CEO and co-founder, said in a news release. “Putting this historic capsule on display in Arvada spotlights Colorado's vibrant aerospace ecosystem which is playing critical roles in new space programs destined to take us to the Moon and beyond.”

Headquartered in Boulder, Special Aerospace Services is a tactical engineering firm providing a lifecycle of engineering, research and development, rapid prototyping and precision manufacturing services.

The SAS Flight Factory in Arvada is an AS9100D certified design, manufacture, assemble and test facility that bridges the gap between design and engineering and prototyping and production. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art additive manufacturing and 3D printing systems in addition to assembly and hardware testing centers, the release said.

Special Aerospace Services unveiled the restored Apollo 16 test capsule at a July 16 ceremony attended by guests including Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, a representative of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, and executives from Colorado aerospace companies.

“SAS is a great corporate citizen that has not only brought jobs and economic development to Arvada but has now brought this historic Apollo artifact to our community,” Williams said in the release.

NASA built the Apollo 16 test capsule to train U.S. Navy personnel tasked with recovering the command module and its astronaut crew after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Launched on April 16, 1972, Apollo 16 was the fifth, and penultimate, U.S. mission to reach the lunar surface. The crew included Commander John Young, Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke Jr., and Command Module Pilot Thomas “Ken” Mattingly II.

The Apollo test capsule is on display for the general public to view in front of the SAS Flight Factory 5627 Kendall Court, Arvada.

SAS and SAS Flight Factory are 8(a) certified woman-owned small businesses serving government and commercial clients in aerospace, defense, and other high-tech industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.specialaerospaceservices.com.

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