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Rocket Motor, Solid Fuel, JATO, 8AS-1000

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Collection Item Summary:

The U.S. Navy employed this 8AS-1000 solid fuel JATO (Jet-Assisted-Take-Off) unit at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as a training aid for the use of JATOs on heavily loaded seaplanes. It produced 1,000 pounds of thrust for 8 seconds. The 8AS-1000 JATO was among one of the first and most widely used products of the early Aerojet Engineering Corporation, which faculty and staff at Caltech in Pasadena founded. The motor was introduced in 1943 but was later replaced by the12AS-1000, producing 1,000 pounds of thrust for 12 seconds.

The U.S. Naval Academy donated this object to the Smithsonian in 1951.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Credit Line

Gift of the United States Naval Academy

Materials

  • Steel
  • Runner
  • Aluminum
  • Copper Alloy
  • Plastic
  • Cadmium Plating
  • Wood
  • Paint
  • Ceramic
  • Natural Fabric
  • Steel; attached board, wood; electrical wires, steel, with plastic insulation, some with white plastic insulation; separate small electrical component, with brown plastic base and steel top; and white plastic insulated wires; two separate clear plastic rectangular plates, one with safety toggle switch, steel, and attached electrical wires with white plastic insulation

Dimensions

  • 3-D: 73.7 × 31.8 × 25.4cm (29 × 12 1/2 × 10 in.)
  • Storage: 80 × 44.1 × 38.1cm (31 1/2 × 17 3/8 × 15 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

ca. 1943-1944

Type

PROPULSION-Rocket Engines

Inventory Number

A19510046000

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