Rocket, Liquid Fuel, 4 May 1926, Goddard
This rocket was designed and built by U.S. rocket experimenter Robert H. Goddard. It was Goddard's first in which the motor was placed at the base since he found that his previously "nose driven" rockets with the motor underneath the nose, were inherently unstable. The rocket was tested at Auburn, Mass., on 4 May 1926 but failed to lift.
Another attempt at launch was made the following day, also without success. It was concluded that the rocket was too small to permit refinements and it was decided to abandon this design and build larger rockets. This rocket was donated to the Smithsonian by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation for the Promotion of Aeronautics in 1985.
Gift of Daniel & Florence Guggenheim Foundation
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Dr. Robert H. Goddard
- National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
- Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
- CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
- Aluminum alloy, steel, asbestos wrapping around pipes
- Overall: 5 in. wide x 6 ft. 4 in. long x 2 1/2 in. diameter (12.7 x 193.04 x 6.35cm)