Rocket Motor, Solid Fuel, JATO, 8AS-1000 (Jet-Assisted-Take-Off) Unit

Rocket Motor, Solid Fuel, JATO, 8AS-1000 (Jet-Assisted-Take-Off) Unit

     

The U.S. Navy employed this 8AS-1000 solid fuel JATO (Jet-Assisted-Take-Off) unit at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as a training aid for the use of JATOs on heavily loaded seaplanes. It produced 1,000 pounds of thrust for 8 seconds. The 8AS-1000 JATO was among one of the first and most widely used products of the early Aerojet Engineering Corporation, which faculty and staff at Caltech in Pasadena founded. The motor was introduced in 1943 but was later replaced by the12AS-1000, producing 1,000 pounds of thrust for 12 seconds.

The U.S. Naval Academy donated this object to the Smithsonian in 1951.

Gift of the United States Naval Academy

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Aerojet Engineering Corp.

Date
ca. 1943-1944

Type
PROPULSION-Rocket Engines

Materials
Steel
Runner
Aluminum
Copper Alloy
Plastic
Cadmium Plating
Wood
Paint
Ceramic
Natural Fabric
Steel; attached board, wood; electrical wires, steel, with plastic insulation, some with white plastic insulation; separate small electrical component, with brown plastic base and steel top; and white plastic insulated wires; two separate clear plastic rectangular plates, one with safety toggle switch, steel, and attached electrical wires with white plastic insulation
Dimensions
3-D: 73.7 × 31.8 × 25.4cm (29 × 12 1/2 × 10 in.)
Storage: 80 × 44.1 × 38.1cm (31 1/2 × 17 3/8 × 15 in.)

The U.S. Navy employed this 8AS-1000 solid fuel JATO (Jet-Assisted-Take-Off) unit at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as a training aid for the use of JATOs on heavily loaded seaplanes. It produced 1,000 pounds of thrust for 8 seconds. The 8AS-1000 JATO was among one of the first and most widely used products of the early Aerojet Engineering Corporation, which faculty and staff at Caltech in Pasadena founded. The motor was introduced in 1943 but was later replaced by the12AS-1000, producing 1,000 pounds of thrust for 12 seconds.

The U.S. Naval Academy donated this object to the Smithsonian in 1951.

Gift of the United States Naval Academy

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Aerojet Engineering Corp.

Date
ca. 1943-1944

Type
PROPULSION-Rocket Engines

Materials
Steel
Runner
Aluminum
Copper Alloy
Plastic
Cadmium Plating
Wood
Paint
Ceramic
Natural Fabric
Steel; attached board, wood; electrical wires, steel, with plastic insulation, some with white plastic insulation; separate small electrical component, with brown plastic base and steel top; and white plastic insulated wires; two separate clear plastic rectangular plates, one with safety toggle switch, steel, and attached electrical wires with white plastic insulation
Dimensions
3-D: 73.7 × 31.8 × 25.4cm (29 × 12 1/2 × 10 in.)
Storage: 80 × 44.1 × 38.1cm (31 1/2 × 17 3/8 × 15 in.)

ID: A19510046000