Rocket, Sounding, Aerobee 350, Nose Cone and Thrust Structure

Shown here is the nose cone and thrust structure of the Aerobee 350 sounding rocket, the last and largest of the family of solid-fuel boosted, liquid propellant launch vehicles used to carry payloads for short-term scientific experiments in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Producing nearly 19,000 pounds of thrust, the Aerobee 350 carried payloads ranging from 150 to 500 pounds to altitudes between 294 and 207 miles respectively. Originating in the Department of Defense, the Aerobee program ran from 1947 to 1985 and produced about a dozen different launch vehicles.

Donated by the National Museum of the United States Air Force.