Inflator, Air Bag


Display Status:

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

Collection Item Summary:

This is a filter for an automobile air bag inflator. The Atlantic Research Corporation (ARC), a long-established maker of small solid propellant rocket motors for defense and civilian space applications, manufactured the filter as a spinoff of its core propulsion technology. Combustible material derived from an ARC solid propellant provided gas by way of the filter to inflate the air bag.

Transferred to NASM from the Atlantic Research Corporation.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of Atlantic Research Corporation

Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall, steel; simulated propellant lozenges, plastic


3-D: 23.5 x 7 x 6.4cm (9 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum



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