Country of Origin: United States of America
Overall: 2 ft. 1in. high x 9 in. in diameter at base (63.5 x 22.86cm)
Unknown ablative material, alumininum, copper, silica
This is an unflown nose cone that NASA's Langley Research Center obtained in the 1960s for one of its flight tests of various ablative (heat-shielding) materials using the four-stage Pacemaker vehicle launched from Wallops Island. The nose cones generally flew to altitudes no greater than 100,000 feet and were recovered from the ocean downrange for analysis. The composition of the ablative material and manufacturer of the nose cone are not known. The Langley Research Center transferred the nose cone to the Museum in 1979.
Transferred from NASA, Langley Research Center.