This rocket paper craft is designed by Mark Lardas. The scale of this rocket paper model is 1:32. This rocket was designed by Robert H. Goddard. Not all of Goddard's early work was geared towards space travel. As the United States entered World War I in 1917, the country's universities began to lend their services to the war effort. Goddard believed his rocket research could be applied to many different military applications, including mobile artillery, field weapons and naval torpedoes. He made proposals to the Navy and Army. No record exists of any interest by the Navy to Goddard's inquiry. However, Army Ordnance was quite interested, and Goddard met several times with Army personnel.
During this time, Goddard was also contacted by a civilian industrialist in Worcester about the possibility of manufacturing rockets for the military. However, as the businessman's enthusiasm grew, so did Goddard's suspicion. Talks eventually broke down as Goddard began to fear his work might be appropriated by the business.
Goddard proposed to the Army an idea for a tube rocket launcher as a light infantry weapon. The launcher concept became the precursor to the bazooka. The Rocket-Powered Recoil-free Weapon was the brainchild of Dr. Goddard as a side project of his work on rocket propulsion. Goddard, during his tenure at Clark University, and working at Mount Wilson Observatory for security reasons, designed a tube-fired rocket for military use during World War I. He and his co-worker, Dr. Clarence Hickman, successfully demonstrated his rocket to the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, on November 6, 1918 using a music rack for a launch platform, but the Compiègne Armistice was signed only five days later, further development was discontinued as World War I ended.
The delay in the development of the bazooka was as a result of Goddard's serious bout with tuberculosis. Goddard continued to be a part-time consultant to the U.S. Government at Indian Head, Maryland, until 1923, but soon turned his focus to other projects involving rocket propulsion.
Later, a former Clark University researcher, Dr. C. N. Hickman, continued Goddard's work on the bazooka, leading to the weapon used in World War II and to many other powerful rocket weapons.
Launched on December 18, 1936, L-10 was one of in a family of Goddard rockets known as the “L-series.” L-10 was the first flying rocket in a set of 9-inch (0.229 m) diameter rockets that tested various guidance concepts. L-10 had no guidance system other than its fins, and flew ballistically. The rocket tipped shortly after launch and then flew horizontally. It reached a maximum altitude of 2000 feet (610 m) and landed 2000 feet (610 m) from the launch site. It used liquid oxygen and gasoline pressurized with liquid nitrogen. The overall height of this rocket was 175 inches (4.44 m).[via nielspapermodels]
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