Nozzle, Rocket, Cooled, Experimental

    Usage Conditions Apply

    There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

    IIIF provides researchers rich metadata and image viewing options for comparison of works across cultural heritage collections. More -

    View Manifest

    View in Mirador Viewer

    Nozzle, Rocket, Cooled, Experimental

    Nozzle with steel wire spot welded around entire length in a spiral pattern, with narrower distances between spirals around throat area; machining lines visible in interior of nozzle; green splotch at bottom of spiral.

    1 of 1

Shown here is the exhaust nozzle for an experimental vernier rocket motor built by the Reaction Motors Division of the Thiokol Chemical Corporation, most likely in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Vernier engines found widespeard use during the time for attitude control on rockets and spacecraft.

This artifact shows a wired pattern around the nozzle, which did not appear in the motor's final, operational configuration. Placement of the wire on the outside contolled the velocity of the fuel coolant between the inner and outer surfaces of the nozzle.

Donated by the Reaction Motors Division of the Thiokol Chemical Corporation.