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Goddard 4


American test vehicle. Goddard rocket using pressure-fed Lox/Gasoline propellants, streamline casing, and remote control guidance. Masses varied; typical values indicated.

Payload: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb) to a 610 m altitude.

Gross mass: 40 kg (88 lb).
Payload: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb).
Height: 3.00 m (9.80 ft).
Diameter: 0.30 m (0.98 ft).
Apogee: 610 km (370 mi).
First Launch: 1930.12.30.
Last Launch: 1931.10.27.
Number: 4 .

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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 4 Chronology


1929 December 3 - 1930 June 30 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 4.
  • Goddard rockets tests at Camp Devens - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Goddard conducts tests at the artillery range at Camp Devens, 25 miles from Worcester, for the improvement of liquid-fuel rocket-motor efficiency, particularly the 'curtain cooling.' Sixteen proving-stand tests were made; there were no flight tests. A few special tests were made with rocket-operated propellers.

1930 July - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 4.
  • Goddard moves rocket work to Roswell, New Mexico - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Summary: Goddard's liquid rocket development project was moved to New Mexico under the auspices of Daniel Guggenheim of New York City. Dr. Goddard could now devote full time to the rocket work. .

1930 October 23 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 4.
  • Goddard begins rocket tests at Roswell - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Goddard first begins a series of thorough static tests in which the operating conditions were varied. The combustion chamber decided upon for use in flight tests was 5.75 inches in diameter and weighed 5 lb. In these static tests the maximum lift was 289 lb; duration 20+ sec; lifting force steady; jet velocities over 5000 ft/sec.

1930 December 30 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 4.
  • Goddard's fifth flight of a liquid fuel rocket - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Apogee: 0.61 km (0.38 mi). Summary: The rocket reached an altitude of 2000 ft and a maximum speed of 500 mph. The vehicle was 11 ft long; empty weight 33.5 lb; a gas pressure tank was used to force liquid oxygen and gasoline into combustion chamber..

1931 September 29 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 4.
  • Goddard rocket flight test - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Apogee: 0.0550 km (0.0342 mi). Summary: Flight of Goddard liquid fuel rocket with jacket, streamline casing, remote control. Length, 9 ft 11 in.; diameter 12 in.; weight empty 37 lb; weight loaded 87.2 lb; in air 9.6 sec; height 180 ft; trajectory 'like a fish swimming upward.'.

1931 October 13 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 4.
  • Goddard rocket flight test - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Apogee: 0.52 km (0.32 mi). Summary: Flight of Goddard liquid fuel rocket with simplified combustion chamber, parachute releasing. Length 7 ft 9 in.; diameter 12 in.; height 1700+ ft; loud whistling on descent..

1931 October 27 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 4.
  • Goddard rocket flight test - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Apogee: 0.41 km (0.25 mi). Range: 0.28 km (0.18 mi). Summary: Flight of Goddard liquid fuel rocket with new gasoline shutoff valve. Dimensions similar to October 13; altitude 1330 ft; landed 930 ft from tower; in air 8.6 sec..

1931 November 23 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 4.
  • Goddard rocket static test - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Summary: Static test of Goddard liquid fuel rocket with modified oxygen injection; lift 270 lb for 11 sec; jet velocity 5088 ft/sec. .

1932 April 19 - . LV Family: Goddard. Launch Vehicle: Goddard 4.
  • Goddard tests rocket with gyro stabilization. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Apogee: 0.0410 km (0.0255 mi). Summary: Flight of Goddard liquid fuel rocket with pressure generated by liquid nitrogen, and eight gyro-controlled vanes (four into blast and four into slipstream) for stabilisation. Length 10 ft 9.5 in.; weight empty 19.5 lb; height 135 ft; in air 5 sec..

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