The Apollo “Boilerplates” replicated the exact size, weight, shape and center of gravity as the manned Apollo command modules but were used specifically as a “dummy” for testing various mission specific components including water landing tests, center of gravity tests, heat shield tests, and more. Throughout the life of the Apollo program, more than sixty different capsules were constructed for testing purposes. The capsule on display at the museum, BP-1101A, was used for flotation testing in 1965.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum features more than 50 aircraft and space vehicles. Visit us to see the full collection.