Model, Wind Tunnel, Apollo Command Module

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This Apollo command module pressure model was part of a larger grouping built and used for wind tunnel testing conducted in the development stage of the Apollo program. The testing was to observe and measure the aerodynamic and heat transfer properties of the module at launch and reentry. This model was to document the distribution of pressure the command module would experience traversing the atmosphere at a specific angle.

NASA transferred the model to the Smithsonian in 1971.

Collection Item Long Description:

Title

Model, Wind Tunnel, Apollo Command Module

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Transferred from the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center

Materials

  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Gypsum
  • Vinyl Tape
  • Adhesive
  • Ink

Dimensions

  • 3-D: 53.3 × 17.8 × 15.9cm (21 × 7 × 6 1/4 in.)
  • Storage: 84.5cm × 23.5cm × 20.3cm (2 ft. 9.3 in. × 9.3 in. × 8 in.)
  • Other: 11.3kg (25lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

MODELS-Wind Tunnel

Inventory Number

A19720945000