NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
6th March, 1926 : The first ever rocket to be powered by liquid fuels was launched today from a field in Massachusetts. Its inventor, Robert H Goddard, hopes that in future more powerful versions will be able to carry scientific instruments high into the earth atmosphere. Goddard’s rocket, about four feet long and six inches in diameter, was fuelled by gasoline and liquid oxygen and launched from a metal frame, which held it upright.
Besides having a lot of power for a given weight, liquid-fuelled rockets are much more controllable than the ones that are merely scaled-up fireworks. If rocketry has a future it is likely to be along these pioneering lines. Since they carry their own oxygen, rockets could, in theory, operate in space.
[ In practise too ]