Special Aerospace Services Unveils Restored Apollo Test Capsule In Colorado

The restored Apollo 16 test capsule will be permanently displayed at the SAS Flight Factory in Arvada, Colorado. Image Credit: Special Aerospace Services LLC

July 24, 2019 – Special Aerospace Services LLC (SAS) commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing with the unveiling of a restored Apollo 16 test capsule. The spacecraft will be displayed permanently at the SAS Flight Factory in Arvada, Colorado, where engineering design work for future lunar missions is now underway.

“The Apollo program endures as a milestone in engineering achievement,” said Heather Bulk, SAS CEO and Co-Founder. “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, Colorado, SAS is a tactical engineering firm providing a lifecycle of engineering, research & 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 & engineering and prototyping & production. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art additive manufacturing and 3D printing systems in addition to assembly and hardware testing centers.

SAS unveiled the restored Apollo 16 test capsule at a July 16 ceremony attended by many 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,” said Arvada Mayor Marc Williams.

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 located at 5627 Kendall Court, Arvada, CO 80002.