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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  • Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, F-1
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Date: 1963
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Missile, Air-to-Air, Falcon GAR-1
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Hughes Aircraft Co.
    Credit Line: Gift of Hughes Aircraft Co.
    Date: 1954- ca.1962
    Type: CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
  • Rocket Engines, Liquid Fuel, Dual XLR-11 (X-15 Interim Engine Pair)
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Reaction Motors, Inc.
    Credit Line: Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
    Date: ca. 1959-1961
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Belt, Reaction Motors, Inc.
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Thiokol
    Credit Line: Reaction Motors Division, Thiokol Chemical Corp.
    Date: ca. 1964
    Type: PROPULSION-Miscellaneous
  • Ion Engine, Cesium, Eos
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Electro-Optical Systems, Inc.
    Credit Line: Ellectro-Optical Systems, Inc.
    Date: 1964
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Upper Stage, Launch Vehicle, Agena-B
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.
    Credit Line: Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
    Date: 1960-1966
    Type: PROPULSION-Miscellaneous
  • Missile, Anti-Submarine, Subroc
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Avco Corportation
    Credit Line: Transferred from U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory
    Date: ca. 1965
    Type: CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
  • Missile, Air-to-Air, Mighty Mouse, 2.75 Inch
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Hunter-Douglas Div., Bridgeport Brass Co.
    Credit Line: Transferred from U.S. Navy
    Date: ca. 1960s
    Type: CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
  • Model, Rocket Engine, NERVA Nuclear, on Moveable Test Stand, On Rails, 1:8 Scale
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Aerojet General Corp.
    Credit Line: Gift of Aerojet General Corp.
    Date: 1966
    Type: MODELS-Propulsion
  • Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, Jupiter Missile
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Rocketdyne Div., North American Rockwell
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Date: ca. 1956-1963
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, RL-10A-1
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
    Credit Line: Transferred from NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center
    Date: 1962
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Motor, Solid Fuel, X-259
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Alleghany Ballistics Laboratory, Hercules Incorporated
    Credit Line: Gift of Alleghany Ballistics Laboratory
    Date: ca. 1968
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines