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Launch Complex 34 Flame Deflector (BR2293) 3D Model
There were two flame deflectors made of steel frame, covered in 1” steel plates and with a 4” layer of heat resistant ceramic, that were available for Launch Complex 34. One deflector was used with the launch and the other was kept in case of any failure or need that might arise. These deflectors weigh over 150 tons and measure 43 feet in length, 32 feet wide, and 21 feet in height. They were moved to the pad or stored away via a rail system. These deflectors protected the vehicle and launch pedestal by diverting engine flames in controlled directions. Their inverted “V” shape and their welded and bolted steel design is of a unique construction and engineering. Launch Complex 34 is where the tragic Apollo 1 incident occurred, and today these deflectors are a backdrop on the pad that stands as a memorial to that event.
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