Collection Item Summary:
V. M. Barnes, an employeed of Texaco Experiment Incorporated, patented the Cricket rocket in 1964. One of a family of simple, light-weight rockets that used cold gas (non-combusting) propellants of carbon dioxide and acetone, the Cricket filled a niche role--to provide safe, low-cost, low-altitude applications in such fields as meteorological research.
A small payload capacity combined with poor performance capabilities during experimental testing prompted the company to cancel the program prior to commercialization for civilian and military applications.
The Richmond Research Laboratory transferred this to the Museum in 1969.