Ablative nose cone tip, Aerobee

Ablative nosecone tip from a retrieved Aerobee rocket that carried an instrument that detected the first non-solar x-ray source in the sky. Recovered after the June 18, 1962 flight from White Sands, New Mexico, it was presented to Riccardo Giacconi, the team leader of the American Science & Engineering that built the x-ray telescope payload and pushed to detect x-ray radiation from celestial sources. This solid nosecone tip, assumed to be part of a typical payload shroud system built by Space-General Corporation, formerly a part of Aerojet-General (the original manufacturer of the Aerobee family), was donated to NASM in August 2000 by Riccardo and Mirella Giacconi.

Gift of Ricardo and Mirella Giacconi

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Aerojet General Corp.
Space-General Corporation, El Monte, California

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

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

Materials
Oxydized metal on a brass base
Dimensions
Overall: 8 in. long x 3 3/4 in. diameter (20.32 x 9.53cm)
Other (cone): 6 in. long x 2 in. diameter (15.24 x 5.08cm)

Ablative nosecone tip from a retrieved Aerobee rocket that carried an instrument that detected the first non-solar x-ray source in the sky. Recovered after the June 18, 1962 flight from White Sands, New Mexico, it was presented to Riccardo Giacconi, the team leader of the American Science & Engineering that built the x-ray telescope payload and pushed to detect x-ray radiation from celestial sources. This solid nosecone tip, assumed to be part of a typical payload shroud system built by Space-General Corporation, formerly a part of Aerojet-General (the original manufacturer of the Aerobee family), was donated to NASM in August 2000 by Riccardo and Mirella Giacconi.

Gift of Ricardo and Mirella Giacconi

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Aerojet General Corp.
Space-General Corporation, El Monte, California

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

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

Materials
Oxydized metal on a brass base
Dimensions
Overall: 8 in. long x 3 3/4 in. diameter (20.32 x 9.53cm)
Other (cone): 6 in. long x 2 in. diameter (15.24 x 5.08cm)

ID: A20000792000