When NASA’s Hino Marine Engine failed in 1985, it was the first time in history that the world had not yet invented a propulsion system to move large amounts of water around the moon.
But that didn’t stop the agency from working on a new, simpler and cheaper system, the H3 engine, which would propel the crew to and from the moon in the Apollo spacecraft.
The H3 was based on a more modern design, and the agency had another design in the works.
When the Apollo program was cancelled, the agency turned its attention to developing a space elevator.
The idea was to attach a small rocket to the top of the moon, which could lift the crew up to a height of about three miles.
The Apollo astronauts wanted to make sure the elevator didn’t fall apart as the astronauts climbed, so they built a tower with a steel support structure.
The structure also was a large enough to hold two people and was designed to withstand impacts from the lunar surface.
NASA’s top engineers were interested in getting this design into lunar orbit, but they were also wary of NASA’s lack of experience in the field.
When they started thinking about using this new design, however, the engineering team had something to prove.
“We started by looking at what was out there,” said Dr. Paul Hino, the head of NASA Advanced Concepts for Lunar Exploration and a former deputy administrator at the agency.
“I had a really good sense of what we were doing.
I knew we were going to be successful.”
NASA had been studying the concept for nearly a decade.
In 1987, the engineers and the scientists at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., proposed that they start from scratch.
The agency was developing a new propulsion system that could lift large amounts for lunar orbit.
It was based around a smaller engine called the H2 engine.
The team also was studying how to reduce weight by using a new type of rocket called the Solid Rocket Boosters, which was more expensive and less efficient than the old H2 rocket.
The plan was to launch the engine to the lunar moon using the first stage of a Delta rocket, which is an unmanned rocket.
It would be attached to a Delta booster using a docking system.
The Delta rocket would lift the engine from the launch pad to a location where it could be used to push the lunar module to a lower orbit, which required a larger Delta rocket.
When this stage landed on the moon it would ignite the rocket’s first stage, then the second stage, and finally the third stage.
The third stage would then be used for landing on the lunar lander.
NASA also was developing an advanced landing technology called the Landing Gear, which consisted of two separate parts.
The first part would be used in a future mission to land the lunar landing module.
NASA engineers worked on this technology and developed a new engine called Solid Rocket Booster II.
But when they went to a test site in California, they were disappointed.
“The tests we did were so successful, that they thought we were fooling ourselves,” said Hino.
“So we just decided we were not going to continue to develop this technology.
We just didn’t have the money to continue.”
The Hino team had a different idea.
They were not interested in the Delta rocket or the landing gear, they just wanted to test a system that would propel a crew to the moon using a more efficient design called the Delta Propellant System.
The Propellent System would allow the crew on the landing module to be lifted out of the atmosphere and put into lunar orbits.
The two engines would then use this propellant to accelerate the vehicle to a speed of more than 500 miles per hour.
The engineers were confident they had the technology.
The next challenge was getting NASA to buy the engine and the Delta booster.
“There were so many people who had a stake in this program,” said Paul Reiss, a former director of NASA Ames and now director of the Space Systems Institute at Arizona State University.
“They all believed that the program could succeed.”
Reiss was one of those people.
He was the man who led NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Program during the early 1970s.
When he retired in 1998, he was responsible for designing the Hinos engines for Apollo, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Apollo-Saturn V rockets.
When Reiss and his colleagues decided to put their faith in the HINO engine design, they had to go through a number of different hurdles.
The engines were in the early stages of development, and they were being developed in China.
Reiss had spent more than 30 years working on the engine, and he knew it was going to take some time for the system to be ready.
But there was no time to lose.
“When we did that test, we were ready to take the first steps,” said Reiss.
“But we didn’t need the engines right now.
We needed the hardware to get the first step off the ground.” NASA