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Goddard 3


American test vehicle. First instrumented liquid fuel rocket. Length 11 ft 6 in.; maximum diameter 26 in.; weight 32 lb; gasoline 14 lb; liquid oxygen 11 lb; total loaded weight 57 lb.

Payload: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb) to a 62 m range.

Gross mass: 26 kg (57 lb).
Payload: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb).
Height: 3.50 m (11.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.66 m (2.16 ft).
First Launch: 1928.12.26.
Last Launch: 1929.07.17.
Number: 2 .

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  • Goddard Robert H. Goddard was the father of American rocketry. In a series of rockets flown between World War I and World War II, he solved all of the fundamental problems of guided liquid propellant rockets. More...

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Goddard 3 Chronology


1927 September 3 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 3.
  • Goddard third rocket design - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Summary: Goddard began construction on a rocket one-fifth size of the 'large model' (i.e. four times larger than 1926 flight models), with few, simple parts, easily replaced, and much-improved fuel injection..

1928 July 18, September 29, October 10, October 20 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 3. FAILURE: Tipped and caught in tower.
  • Launch attempts of Goddard third rocket design - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Summary: Goddard's third rocket design started to rise, but tipped and caught in tower every time..

1928 December 26 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 3.
  • Third flight of a Goddard liquid rocket. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Apogee: 0.0050 km (0.0031 mi). Range: 0.0620 km (0.0385 mi). Rose out of tower rapidly and tipped, passing over observation shelter; distance 204.5 ft; speed about 60 mph. This flight was followed by a series of static tests, to develop liquid 'curtain cooling' for inside of combustion-chamber wall, a regenerative system, and better stability in flight.

1929 July 17 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 3.
  • Fourth flight of a Goddard liquid rocket; first with instruments. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Apogee: 0.0270 km (0.0168 mi). Range: 0.0520 km (0.0323 mi). Started to lift at 13 sec; rose at 14 1/2 sec; reached top of flight (90 ft) at 17 sec; hit ground at 18 1/2 sec; landed 171 ft from tower. The rocket carried a small camera, thermometer, and a barometer which were recovered intact after the flight. Flight was bright and noisy, attracted public attention. The result was a great deal of "moon rocket" publicity. This resulted in prohibition of further test flights from Aunt Effie's Farm by the local fire marshall. Length 11 ft 6 in.; maximum diameter 26 in.; weight 32 lb; gasoline 14 lb; liquid oxygen 11 lb; total loaded weight 57 lb. Up to that time Goddard had achieved numerous proving-stand tests of liquid rockets, and 10 attempts at flight tests, of which four achieved flight.

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