Liquid Oxygen Tank, Rocket Engine, Robert H. Goddard

Liquid Oxygen Tank, Rocket Engine, Robert H. Goddard

     

This tank was part of a static test of a rocket engine made by rocket pioneer Robert H. Goddard at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1931. The tank held liquid oxygen. The gasolene fuel was kept in a separate tank. Both tanks fed the propellants into the engine's combustion chamber for firing.

During the test, according to Goddard's notes, the flame was "short, noisy, and intensely white" and lasted for 15 seconds. The thrust was from 30-40 pounds. After the test, the oxygen tank was cut along the sides for inspection, which accounts for the rectangular hole. The tank was donated to the Smithsonian in 1959 by Esther C. Goddard.

Gift of Mrs. Robert H. Goddard

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Date
1931

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

Type
PROPULSION-Accessories (to an Engine)

Materials
Copper alloy on top; asbestos lining directly underneath; steel lining beneath this; aluminum rod throughout length of tank, in interior; soldered around front dome and bottom dome with high tin content solder
Dimensions
Overall: 1 ft. 4 in. long x 5 in. diameter (40.64 x 12.7cm)

This tank was part of a static test of a rocket engine made by rocket pioneer Robert H. Goddard at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1931. The tank held liquid oxygen. The gasolene fuel was kept in a separate tank. Both tanks fed the propellants into the engine's combustion chamber for firing.

During the test, according to Goddard's notes, the flame was "short, noisy, and intensely white" and lasted for 15 seconds. The thrust was from 30-40 pounds. After the test, the oxygen tank was cut along the sides for inspection, which accounts for the rectangular hole. The tank was donated to the Smithsonian in 1959 by Esther C. Goddard.

Gift of Mrs. Robert H. Goddard

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Date
1931

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

Type
PROPULSION-Accessories (to an Engine)

Materials
Copper alloy on top; asbestos lining directly underneath; steel lining beneath this; aluminum rod throughout length of tank, in interior; soldered around front dome and bottom dome with high tin content solder
Dimensions
Overall: 1 ft. 4 in. long x 5 in. diameter (40.64 x 12.7cm)

ID: A19590074000