Safety Valve, Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, R.H. Goddard

This valve was made by the American rocket pioneer Dr. Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945) to protect his liquid oxygen tanks from bursting due to too much pressure caused by evaporation of the very cold liquid. The valve dates to the 1930's when Goddard conducted his experiments at Roswell, New Mexico.

Mrs. Robert H. Goddard donated this object to the Smithsonian Institution in 1959 as part of a large collection of artifacts from her husband.

Gift of Mrs. Robert Goddard

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight

Type
PROPULSION-Components (Engine Parts)

Materials
Steel, paint, adhesive, rubber, solder
Dimensions
Approximate: 5.08 x 3.81 x 38.42 x 20.32cm, 0.5kg (2in. x 1 1/2in. x 1ft 3 1/8in. x 8in., 1lb.)

This valve was made by the American rocket pioneer Dr. Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945) to protect his liquid oxygen tanks from bursting due to too much pressure caused by evaporation of the very cold liquid. The valve dates to the 1930's when Goddard conducted his experiments at Roswell, New Mexico.

Mrs. Robert H. Goddard donated this object to the Smithsonian Institution in 1959 as part of a large collection of artifacts from her husband.

Gift of Mrs. Robert Goddard

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight

Type
PROPULSION-Components (Engine Parts)

Materials
Steel, paint, adhesive, rubber, solder
Dimensions
Approximate: 5.08 x 3.81 x 38.42 x 20.32cm, 0.5kg (2in. x 1 1/2in. x 1ft 3 1/8in. x 8in., 1lb.)

ID: A19590078000