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Rocket, Sounding, Aerobee, Parachute Section

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This object is on display in the Rockets and Missiles exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

Unflown parachute section from an Aerobee sounding rocket. Many payloads equired physical retrieval to be scientifically useful, and some were expensive enough to warrant trying to use them more than once, so parachute systems were developed starting in the 1940s to return payloads gently to Earth. They became reliable only in the 1950s. This artifact is part of a collection from the Naval Research Laboratory (see Catalogue numbers 19880001000-19880017000).

Transferred from NRL to the Museum in 1987.

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

Designer

Charles Johnson

Manufacturer

Pioneer Parachute Co., Inc.

Credit Line

Transferred from the Naval Research Laboratory

Materials

Nylon

Dimensions

Other: 10 in. diameter x 10 in. tall (25.4 x 25.4cm)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

EQUIPMENT-Parachutes

Inventory Number

A19880021000

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