Nose Cap, Cutaway, Poseidon C-3

Nose Cap, Cutaway, Poseidon C-3

     

This is a cutaway of a nose cap, which was at the tip of the nose fairing of the U.S. Navy's Poseidon C-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile. Made from Sitka spruce wood and cork, the nose cap is bonded to an aluminum interior shell. During launch, the nose fairing and nose cap protected the reentry vehicle and its nuclear warheads housed inside from air friction temperatures approaching 1000 degrees. Explosive devices blew the nose fairing and nose cap off shortly after the missile entered space. Poseidon C-3s were deployed from 1971 into the early 1990s. Lockheed Missiles & Space Company made and donated this object to NASM.

Gift of Lockheed Missiles & Space Company

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

Materials
Cork
Aluminum
Wood
Adhesive
Ink
Dimensions
Overall: 19.05 x 49.53cm (7 1/2in. x 1ft 7 1/2in.)

This is a cutaway of a nose cap, which was at the tip of the nose fairing of the U.S. Navy's Poseidon C-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile. Made from Sitka spruce wood and cork, the nose cap is bonded to an aluminum interior shell. During launch, the nose fairing and nose cap protected the reentry vehicle and its nuclear warheads housed inside from air friction temperatures approaching 1000 degrees. Explosive devices blew the nose fairing and nose cap off shortly after the missile entered space. Poseidon C-3s were deployed from 1971 into the early 1990s. Lockheed Missiles & Space Company made and donated this object to NASM.

Gift of Lockheed Missiles & Space Company

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

Materials
Cork
Aluminum
Wood
Adhesive
Ink
Dimensions
Overall: 19.05 x 49.53cm (7 1/2in. x 1ft 7 1/2in.)

ID: A19731668003