|Quoting Thrust (Thread starter):|
I'm wondering how much payload the Saturn V theoretically could have lifted into orbit...the reason I ask this was because not only could it get 300,000 pounds into orbit (demonstrated by Apollo 15), but it was capable of boosting its speed an additional 7000 mph to escape earth's orbit.
|Quoting prebennorholm (Reply 2):|
So basically the fuel for acceleration to escape velocity could be converted into payload without modifications to the two first stages.
|Quoting redflyer (Reply 3):|
it would appear to me that if the Saturn V could put 300k lbs into LEO, then that was how much it could put into LEO. The fact that the 3rd stage carried fuel to push the CSM/LM to escape velocity is moot. It put 300k lbs into LEO, period. Replace the fuel in the 3rd stage with dry material and you still get 300k into LEO.