Country of Origin: United States of America
5 1/2" x 3" x 8"
[Prior to 10/7/11]
Other (envelope): 5.08 x 12.7cm (2in. x 5in.)
Nickel Chromium (Nichrome) wire (12)
Non Ferrous Tubing with Gunpowder or another initiating propellant (11)
This a retail package of Rocket Development Corporation metal igniter wires and plastic discs from 1967. A single wire is inserted into the aft end of a flying rocket motor and held in place by a disc and tape. Additional wires run between it and the launch control mechanism. An electrical charge is sent through the wires to ignite the motor's non-explosive propellant. G. Harry Stine, a pioneer in the field of flying rocket models, donated this artifact to NASM in 1973.
Gift of G. Harry Stine