Apollo 4

uncrewed test flight of the United States Apollo program

Apollo 4 was the first unmanned test flight mission of the Saturn V launch vehicle. This was the rocket used in the Apollo program to send the first men to the Moon. The rocket was launched on November 9, 1967 from the Kennedy Space Center. NASA said that the mission was a complete success, and it helped the Apollo program very much.

Apollo 4
Apollo 4, the first flight of a Saturn V launch vehicle, rises from Launch Pad 39A
Mission typeTest flight
COSPAR ID1967-113A
SATCAT no.3032
Mission duration8 hours, 36 minutes, 59 seconds
Orbits completed3
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftApollo CSM-017
Apollo LTA-10R
ManufacturerNorth American Rockwell
Launch mass36,856 kilograms (81,253 lb)
Start of mission
Launch dateNovember 9, 1967, 12:00:01 (1967-11-09UTC12:00:01Z) UTC
RocketSaturn V SA-501
Launch siteKennedy LC-39A
End of mission
Recovered byUSS Bennington
Landing dateNovember 9, 1967, 20:37:00 (1967-11-09UTC20:38Z) UTC
Landing siteNorth Pacific Ocean
30°06′N 172°32′W / 30.100°N 172.533°W / 30.100; -172.533 (Apollo 4 splashdown)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeHighly elliptical orbit
Perigee−204 kilometers (−110 nmi)[2]
Apogee18,092 kilometers (9,769 nmi)
Inclination31.9 degrees
Period314.58 minutes (initial)
EpochNovember 9, 1967[3]


  1. Saturn V Launch Vehicle Flight Evaluation Report - AS-501 Apollo 4 Mission (PDF). George C. Marshall Space Flight Center: NASA. January 15, 1968. MPR-SAT-FE-68-1. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  2. Orbit to landing entry path would have taken it below the Earth's surface to simulate a high-energy lunar re-entry.
  3. McDowell, Jonathan. "SATCAT". Jonathan's Space Pages. Retrieved March 23, 2014.