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Lot #3105
Apollo CSM Main SPS Engine Gimbal Actuator

Used to ‘steer’ the CSM to and from the moon

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Estimate: $3000+
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Used to ‘steer’ the CSM to and from the moon

Apollo Command Service Module (CSM) Main SPS Engine Gimbal Pitch Actuator, measuring approximately 25″ x 11.5″ x 6.5″, designed for ‘steering’ the spacecraft on its journey to and from the moon. The electro-mechanical actuator was installed in pairs on the Service Propulsion System (SPS) AJ10-137 main engine to change nozzle orientation in Pitch and Yaw. The nozzle deflection in conjunction with rocket engine firing (upon command from computer or crew input) resulted in thrust vectoring to alter the course of the CSM (and the Lunar Module when docked with the CSM). The actuator has two "Model No. 3180G" schematic plates on the top, and a Lear Siegler identification plate: "Linear Servo Actuator, Type: Pitch, Rating: 450 lbs…Spec. AGC DWG. 085469-1E, AGC Serial AP-7, Part 56002-009, Model 3180G, Serial XL-07."

This particular artifact is clearly visible and screen used in Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Episode 2. The Jawas, arguably the most prolific space artifact collectors in the Star Wars universe, have it among their bounty.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space
  • Dates: #619 - Ended October 21, 2021