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German A4 Rocket - Illustration Detail

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This cut-away drawing depicts the V-2 rocket, Germany's weapon of mass destruction greatly feared by Europeans who experienced its devastating power during World War II.

In five minutes, the V-2 was able to send 1 ton of explosives more than 150 miles (240 kms) down range.

The V-2 operated on a single engine.  It gained thrust - for about one minute - by a mixture of alcohol and liquid oxygen. During powered flight, the rocket was guided either by radio signals (from the ground) or gyroscopes (on board).  It also had a device which measured the V-2's acceleration.

Once its engine was shut-off, the rocket fell to its destination by the force of gravity.

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Drawing of V-2 rocket online, courtesy Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

 

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