Country of Origin: United States of America
Overall: 1 ft. 8 in. long x 7 in. diameter (50.8 x 17.78cm)
Nozzle, probably steel; plumbing, gold plated; solenoid valve with black plastic protective cover; and four red plastic screw caps on pipe ends of plumbing and one other red plastic cover over another pipe.
This is a cutaway of the Radiamic liquid fuel thruster of about 100 pounds thrust. It was designated the C-1, or "Common Engine" by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The C-1 was developed beginning in 1965 by the Reaction Motors Division of the Thiokol Chemical Corporation as a versatile small liquid fuel auxiliary rocket engine adaptable for a number of launch vehicles and spacecraft control systems. However, NASA decided not to go with a common engine and the C-1 never became operational. This engine was donated to the Smithsonian in 1976 by the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration