Rocket, Cajun, for Nike-Cajun Sounding Rocket
- Thiokol Chemical Corporation
- This is the Cajun second stage of the Nike-Cajun sounding rocket. The Nike first stage (not shown here) was a modified solid-fuel booster rocket originally developed by the Army for the Nike-Ajax anti-aircraft missile system. Scientific instruments-ranging in weight from ten to one hundred pounds-carried in the Cajun's nose took measurements of the upper atmosphere. The Cajun, launched from a Nike-Ajax launcher, could reach a maximum altitude of fifty miles. The motor for the Cajun, built by the Thiokol Chemical Corporation, produced 9,620 pounds of thrust for three seconds.
- The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics donated an entire Nike-Cajun sounding rocket to the Smithsonian in 1958.
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- Transferred to the Smithsonian from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
- ca. 1957
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- Body, stainless steel; fins, extruded Dural aluminum; motor, internal, steel; shiny silver band around larger diameter section below nose, aluminum; gray band, non-ferrous metal; band above, steel; nose, Inconel
- Overall: 1ft 6in. x 6ft 4 1/2in. x 8in. (45.72 x 194.31 x 20.32cm)
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- United States of America
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