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.

Your Search Results (1 to 2 of 2)

  • Ramjet, Research Vehicle, F-23
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: N.A.C.A. Langley Aeronautics Laboratory
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)
    Type: PROPULSION-Miscellaneous
  • Research Vehicle, Rocket-Propelled, RM-10
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: N.A.C.A. Langley Aeronautics Laboratory
    Credit Line: Transferred from National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
    Type: PROPULSION-Miscellaneous