Extraordinary pencil sketch of a “3rd Stage Satellite Vehicle (landed),” drawn by von Braun on a gridded 11 x 8.5 sheet of drafting paper, signed at the bottom in black felt tip, “Wernher von Braun, 1952.” The detailed schematic shows a full-length side view of the ship, labeling the “cargo room” and “seating plan (during glide),” with cutaway diagrams of the “seating plan (during ascent),” “instrument compartment,” “power plant instrum.,” and “flight instruments,” and a view “seen from above,” with the “canopy” and “loading hatch” labeled. Overall creases and wrinkling, and light toning, otherwise fine condition.
Von Braun had helped to organize the First Symposium on Space Flight in New York, out of which arose Collier’s magazine series entitled ‘Man Will Conquer Space Soon,’ a series spanning eight issues. The series detailed von Braun’s plans for manned spaceflight and included articles by the foremost notables of the day with exceptional color illustrations. Von Braun prepared drawings such as this “3rd Stage Satellite Vehicle” as models for the magazine’s artists to ensure that the final illustrations would be scientifically accurate. This stellar drawing is an outstanding depiction of the soon-to-come space age by one of its central figures—a stunning piece. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.