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 Motor Casing, Ohka Bomb
    Country of Origin: Japan
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Credit Line: Transferred from U.S. Air Force
    Date: ca. 1945
    Type: PROPULSION-Propeller Parts
  • Nozzle, Rocket Motor, Solid Fuel, Ohka Bomb
    Country of Origin: Japan
    Credit Line: Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
    Date: ca. 1945
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Motor, Solid Fuel, Ohka
    Country of Origin: Japan
    Credit Line: Transferred from the U.S. Naval Academy
    Date: ca. 1945
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Motor, Solid Fuel, Ohka
    Country of Origin: Japan
    Credit Line: Transferred from the U.S. Naval Academy
    Date: ca. 1945
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Model, Rocket, H-I, 1:15
    Country of Origin: Japan
    Manufacturer: National Space Development Agency of Japan
    Credit Line: Gift of National Space Development Agency of Japan
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Model, Rocket, Test, Pencil
    Country of Origin: Japan
    Model Maker: Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
    Credit Line: Gift of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan.
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Rocket Body, Solid Fuel, Ryusei, Japanese Festival
    Country of Origin: Japan
    Manufacturer: Ryusei Preservation Association of Yoshida-machi, Saitaima Prefecture
    Credit Line: Gift of Ryusei Preservation Association of Yoshida-machi
    Date: 1998
    Type: CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets