Can, Liquid Oxygen Transfer, American Rocket Society

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    Can, Liquid Oxygen Transfer, American Rocket Society

    Cylindrical, flat bottom, low dome top, with welden on handle on top, and open fill hole, 2 inches in diameter, toward one side of top; spout welded on and projecting from bottom of can, at 45 degree angle from the vertical, then gradually tapering down to curved and narrow opening on end; tip, slightly crimped. Can originally painted green, but largely worn to bare metal with green mottled effect from original paint. surface rust on inside of can on bottom; groove around top third of can; no markings. With accompanying tongs, bare metal, of ring base, with two opposing flat and rounded tong fingers attached to ring and projecting vertically.

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This object is on display in the Rockets & Missiles at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Rockets & Missiles

This can was used by The American Rocket Society (ARS) for pouring in liquid oxygen (LOX) into their experimental rockets and motors in the 1930's. The accompanying tongs were used for picking up the can that was extremely cold to the touch since it carried the super cold LOX. LOX provided oxygen for the combustion of the fuel.

The ARS was formed in 1930 in New York City. During 1932 to 1934, they attempted four launches with rudimentary rockets, two of which succeeded. But it was decided that more could be learned of rocket construction and performance by conducting static tests that were undertaken between 1935-1941. These objects were donated to the Smithsonian in 1968 by G. Edward Pendray.