Rockets and Missiles

The rocket, a reaction-propulsion device that carries all of its propellants internally, has been around for almost a millennium since its invention in China. But the twentieth-century saw a technological explosion of new rocket-propulsion systems, using both solid and liquid propellants. Rocket-powered vehicles were developed for two primary purposes: spaceflight and weaponry. Guided missiles also appeared in the mid-twentieth century with air-breathing propulsion systems, and these are included in the National Air and Space Museum’s Rockets and Missiles collection. Among its highlights are: the world’s best collection of artifacts from American rocket pioneer Robert Goddard, an extensive collection of German World War II missile and rocket artifacts, a large number of American Cold War missiles and launch vehicles, and rocket engines from small thrusters to a gigantic F-1 motor from the Saturn V Moon rocket.

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  • Nozzle, Rocket Motor, Liquid Fuel, American Rocket Society
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: American Rocket Society
    Credit Line: Gift of Peter van Dresser
    Date: 1935
    Type: PROPULSION-Components (Engine Parts)
  • Rocket Motor, Liquid Fuel, ARS No. 1 & 2
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: American Rocket Society
    Credit Line: Gift of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Date: 1933
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Motor, ARS No. 4
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: American Rocket Society
    Credit Line: Gift of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Date: 1934
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Motor, Liquid Fuel, ARS Water-Jacketed
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: American Rocket Society
    Credit Line: Gift of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Date: ca. 1932-1933
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Test Stand No. 2, American Rocket Society (ARS)
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: American Rocket Society
    Credit Line: Reaction Motors Division, Thiokol Chemical Corp.
    Date: 1938-1941
    Type: EQUIPMENT-Test
  • Can, Liquid Oxygen Transfer, American Rocket Society
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: American Rocket Society
    Credit Line: Gift of G. Edward Pendray
    Date: ca. 1932-1942
    Type: EQUIPMENT-Miscellaneous