Scale, Fish, to Measure Rocket Thrust, Cleve H. Shaffer Experiments

This is a standard spring scale used by Cleve H. Shaffer for his experiments with liquid propellant rockets to measure their thrusts. It has a 0 to 400 pound capacity. Schaffer's experiments were made during 1926-1932. He was thus contemporary with Robert H. Goddard but there was no connection between the two.

Shaffer designed and constructed a number of motors, but the details are unknown. Only static tests were carried out and no flight attempts were made. Shaffer was given permission by the Army to conduct the tests on a deserted beach at Fort Barry in Marin County, California. But due to the lack of Army interest and the high expense of the work, he abandoned his experiments. The scale was donated by Schaffer to the Smithsonian in 1961.

Cleve H. Shaffer

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Chas. Forschner

Date
ca. 1929-1932

Type
EQUIPMENT-Test

Materials
Overall, steel
Dimensions
3-D (Overall): 43.2 x 7cm, 2.8kg (17 x 2 3/4 in., 6 3/16lb.)
Other (Scale Proper, with Eyebolts): 27.9cm (11 in.)

This is a standard spring scale used by Cleve H. Shaffer for his experiments with liquid propellant rockets to measure their thrusts. It has a 0 to 400 pound capacity. Schaffer's experiments were made during 1926-1932. He was thus contemporary with Robert H. Goddard but there was no connection between the two.

Shaffer designed and constructed a number of motors, but the details are unknown. Only static tests were carried out and no flight attempts were made. Shaffer was given permission by the Army to conduct the tests on a deserted beach at Fort Barry in Marin County, California. But due to the lack of Army interest and the high expense of the work, he abandoned his experiments. The scale was donated by Schaffer to the Smithsonian in 1961.

Cleve H. Shaffer

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Chas. Forschner

Date
ca. 1929-1932

Type
EQUIPMENT-Test

Materials
Overall, steel
Dimensions
3-D (Overall): 43.2 x 7cm, 2.8kg (17 x 2 3/4 in., 6 3/16lb.)
Other (Scale Proper, with Eyebolts): 27.9cm (11 in.)

ID: A19610232000