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November 29, 2012

Demolition explosions may be heard at Redstone this afternoon

— The planned demolition of test stand 4696 may be heard on and near Redstone Arsenal between 1-2 p.m. today, according to a press release.

Explosive charges will be used to demolish the test stand¹s concrete towers. Test stand 4696, located in the Marshall Space Flight Center West Test Area, has been inactive since 1969. It was used to fire single F-1 engines, and was officially known as the F-1 engine static test stand. It is much smaller than the 405-foot-tall S-IC static stand that was used to test entire Saturn V rocket stages, including multiple F-1 engines.

Last year, after historic preservation activities were complete, deconstruction began on the test stand. The Marshall Center is removing the stand to eliminate maintenance costs and provide space in the test area for modern test facilities.

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