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Opel Rocket Car
Max Valier, first with the backing of automobile magnate von Opel, then in competition with him, was instrumental in popularising rocketry in Germany in the 1920's. He dreamed of rocket-propelled transatlantic aircraft, but was killed in a rocket engine test in 1932.

Status: Cancelled 1932.

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  • German Civilian Rocketry A German rocket craze seized the country from 1928 to 1933, inspiring a generation of young engineers and scientists that manned spaceflight could be a reality in their lifetime. The Nazi government put an end to this civilian effort, instead putting the engineers to work developing military rockets. After the war, an attempt was made to revive German civilian rocketry, but safety fears resulted in all further work being shut down in 1964. More...

  • Ley, Willy, Rockets Missiles and Men in Space, Viking Press, New York, 1968.

Valier Chronology

1930 April 19 - . Launch Vehicle: Valier.
  • Valier rocket car - . Nation: Germany. Related Persons: Valier. Summary: Valier has arranged for Dr Weyland to develop a new, powerful liquid rocket engine burning liquid oxygen and gasoline. The car made its first slow run this day, but combustion of the motor was poor and acceleration of the vehicle low..

1930 May 17 - . Launch Vehicle: Valier.
  • Valier killed in rocket engine explosion - . Nation: Germany. Related Persons: Valier. Summary: While working in Dr Weyland's laboratory on Saturday, the combustion chamber explodes, and a metal splinters pierces Valier's aorta, killing him immediately..

1931 May 3 - . Launch Vehicle: Valier.
  • Heyland motor - . Nation: Germany. Related Persons: Valier. Summary: Heyland completes development testing of the rocket motor intended for Valier's rocket car. It weighs 18 kg and is capable of producing 160 kgf for several minutes. Although powerful, the specific impulse is thought to be fairly low..

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