Shutter, Light Path


Display Status:

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

Collection Item Summary:

This is an acceleration-activated light shutter, used in conjunction with instruments or cameras sent into the upper atmosphere on sounding rockets. It was built at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) during the Aerobee era. The specific application of this shutter is not known, but it is representative of the types of mechanical devices used for sounding rocket research. It was transferred to NASM by NRL in 1982.

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Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the Naval Research Laboratory.

Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall - aluminum


Other: 1 1/2 in. diameter x 2 3/8 in. tall x 1 7/8 in. wide (3.8 x 6.05 x 4.78cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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



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