Skip to main content

Saverio Morea Collection

Identifier: MC-78
Documents and other artifacts regarding the Saturn, Apollo, Lunar Rover programs, notes, notebooks, miscellaneous documents of Morea's, speeches, documents regarding various rocket engines, etc.


  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.


13.5 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Saverio “Sonny” Morea was born on January 23, 1932. Gifted in mathematics, he completed Brooklyn Technical High School’s Aeronautical Engineering Curriculum, graduating in 1950, and he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1954.

In 1954, Morea began his professional career as a design engineer; he worked for Aerophysics Department of North American Aviation, he worked on the Navaho missile, specifically its wind tunnel aft body design.

As a member of the Army, Morea worked with von Braun's team and helped develop the Redstone ballistic missile.

In 1957, Morea resumed his civilian status; Morea helped develop the Jupiter missile’s S-D3 liquid-propellant rocket engine and served as the project engineer for Saturn booster family’s H-1 rocket engines.

After becoming a charter member of the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1960, Morea served as the project manager for the F-1 rocket engine, oversaw the necessary changes to the J-2 engine to make it safe for space flight, and headed the development of the Lunar Roving Vehicle at von Braun's behest.

Morea has authored and coauthored multiple works on topics such as the Lunar Roving Vehicle, high pressure oxygen-hydrogen rocket propulsion, and the F-1 rocket engine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Saverio Morea, 2013.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.
Mark Potter
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America