Rocket Motors, Solid Fuel, Series of Three, WSR-2

Rocket Motors, Solid Fuel, Series of Three, WSR-2

     

This is a strip of WSR-2 rocket motors, claimed as the world's smallest rocket motors. The motor, developed from 1962 by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation in conjunction with the Air Force, was designed to make extremely fine steering adjustments on satellites like Tiros. Primarily, the WSR-2 was to help the satellite maintain its spinning rate.

When used on Tiros, 100 caps could be fired in each burst and each unit could produce a burst of one pound of thrust for less than two-hundreths of a second. A special cap pistol device was used to fire the motors by electrical impulses. This object was found in the collections of the Smithsonian.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Wright Aeronautical Div., Curtiss-Wright Corp., Wood-Ridge, NJ

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
PROPULSION-Rocket Engines

Materials
Each motor, glass fiber phenolic; nozzles, quartz-phenolic.
Dimensions
Other: 1 1/4 in. long x 1/8 in. wide (3.2 x 0.3cm)

This is a strip of WSR-2 rocket motors, claimed as the world's smallest rocket motors. The motor, developed from 1962 by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation in conjunction with the Air Force, was designed to make extremely fine steering adjustments on satellites like Tiros. Primarily, the WSR-2 was to help the satellite maintain its spinning rate.

When used on Tiros, 100 caps could be fired in each burst and each unit could produce a burst of one pound of thrust for less than two-hundreths of a second. A special cap pistol device was used to fire the motors by electrical impulses. This object was found in the collections of the Smithsonian.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Wright Aeronautical Div., Curtiss-Wright Corp., Wood-Ridge, NJ

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
PROPULSION-Rocket Engines

Materials
Each motor, glass fiber phenolic; nozzles, quartz-phenolic.
Dimensions
Other: 1 1/4 in. long x 1/8 in. wide (3.2 x 0.3cm)

ID: A19870192000