Salvage 1 was an American science fiction series that was broadcast for 16 episodes (of the 20 produced) on ABC during 1979. The pilot film, Salvage, was shown on January 20, 1979, to high ratings.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov was the show's scientific adviser
Harry Broderick (Andy Griffith) owns the Jettison Scrap and Salvage Company and is a specialist in reclaiming trash and junk to sell as scrap. His dream is to recover equipment left on the moon during Apollo Program missions. He invites the former astronaut Addison "Skip" Carmichael (Joel Higgins) and NASA fuel expert Melanie "Mel" Slozar (Trish Stewart) to assist him in this effort. He builds a spaceship dubbed Vulture, made completely from reclaimed salvage and powered by a chemical called monohydrazine. The main body of Vulture is composed of a Texaco gasoline semi-trailer with a cement mixer as the capsule. This is augmented with three shorter rocket boosters placed 120 degrees around the main tank. Estes Rockets made a prototype of a model rocket version of the Vulture. It was never brought to market. Broderick and his ragtag crew complete their mission and go on to further adventures in the subsequent series.
The spacecraft, Salvage 1, was built from objects found in Harry's junkyard. The main fuselage/fuel tank/cargo bay was a former Texaco gasoline tanker truck. The command capsule was fashioned from a cement mixer, while the main, thruster, and retro rockets were purchased as surplus or used salvage from NASA and other aerospace operations. Old tires were used to cushion the Vulture’s impact on landing.
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