V2 rocket engine

This V2 engine is one of several that were salvaged at the end of the Second World War by British forces. It is displayed alongside two US space-rocket engines to convey its significance in the evolution of space rocketry. The V2 was developed by Germany in the early 1940s as a long-range weapon. It was far bigger than any rocket developed before and used innovative pumps to deliver the liquid alcohol and oxygen propellants to its engine. These can be seen in a nearby case alongside the rocket's equally innovatory autonomous inertial guidance system. The V2 was precursor to the thousands of long-range missiles developed during the Cold War and to the rockets that launched spacecraft and astronauts. A complete V2 can be seen in the nearby Making the Modern World gallery.
Currently on display in:
Exploring Space
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