Collection Item Summary:
This is an approximately 1:10 scale model of the first Hoopskirt rocket built by Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the American rocket pioneer. It was so-named because it resembled a hoopskirt, a ladies’ fashion of the 19th century. Goddard made no effort to build the rocket as a streamlined vehicle. He only wanted to test the operation of his rocket motor and make the vehicle as light as possible.
Goddard successfully launched this liquid-fuel rocket on a short flight on 16 March 1926. An identical rocket was also successfully launched in December 1928.
Kenneth Seamon made and donated this model to the museum.