Rocket, Sounding, Aerobee, De-spin Section
Unflown de-spin section from an Aerobee sounding rocket. The Aerobee-type rockets were spin stabilized at launch, but to take useful measurements many types of instruments needed a stabilized platform. The de-spin section employed two yo-yo weights that would be shot out of the canister and absorb the momentum of spin, thus reducing the rate of spinning of the rocket itself. This artifact is part of a collection from the Naval Research Laboratory (see Catalogue numbers 19880001000-19880017000).
Transferred from NRL to the Museum in 1987.
Transferred from the Naval Research Laboratory
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Naval Research Laboratory
- 3-D: 2 ft diameter, 2 1/2 ft height