Model, Rocket, Liquid Fuel, 16 March 1926, Goddard

This is a replica of the world's first liquid-fuel rocket flown by Robert H. Goddard on March 16, 1926 at Auburn, Mass. The rocket, propelled by liquid oxygen and gasoline, went up to an altitude of 41 feet (12.5 m) in 2.5 seconds and landed 184 feet (56 m) away. The replica was made by Atkins & Merrill of Sudbury, Mass., based upon original photos. No blueprints of the original rocket were found.

Goddard began experimenting with rockets from 1915 as means of exploring the upper atmosphere and eventually space. He started with solid propellants, but in 1921 switched to liquids because they contained more energy and were also controllable. The replica was donated to the Smithsonian in 1976 by NASA.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Atkins & Merril

Type
MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Overall, aluminum with steel tubes serving as the propellant lines and steel combustion chamber and nozzle
Dimensions
Overall: 1 ft. 2 in. wide x 10 ft. 8 3/4 in. long x 5 1/2 in. diameter, 6 lb. (35.56 x 327.03 x 13.97cm, 2.7kg)
Other (Launch Frame): 7 ft. 11 in. tall x 4 ft. wide x 5 ft. 5 in. long (241.3 x 121.92 x 165.1cm)

This is a replica of the world's first liquid-fuel rocket flown by Robert H. Goddard on March 16, 1926 at Auburn, Mass. The rocket, propelled by liquid oxygen and gasoline, went up to an altitude of 41 feet (12.5 m) in 2.5 seconds and landed 184 feet (56 m) away. The replica was made by Atkins & Merrill of Sudbury, Mass., based upon original photos. No blueprints of the original rocket were found.

Goddard began experimenting with rockets from 1915 as means of exploring the upper atmosphere and eventually space. He started with solid propellants, but in 1921 switched to liquids because they contained more energy and were also controllable. The replica was donated to the Smithsonian in 1976 by NASA.

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Atkins & Merril

Type
MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Overall, aluminum with steel tubes serving as the propellant lines and steel combustion chamber and nozzle
Dimensions
Overall: 1 ft. 2 in. wide x 10 ft. 8 3/4 in. long x 5 1/2 in. diameter, 6 lb. (35.56 x 327.03 x 13.97cm, 2.7kg)
Other (Launch Frame): 7 ft. 11 in. tall x 4 ft. wide x 5 ft. 5 in. long (241.3 x 121.92 x 165.1cm)

ID: A19761803000