This is the tip of a flown nose cone that NASA's Langley Research Center used in the 1960s in one of its flight tests of various ablative (heat-shielding) materials. The four-stage Pacemaker vehicle launched it 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.