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The alleged contributions of Pedro E. Paulet to liquid-propellant rocketryThe first practical working liquid propellant rocket motor was claimed by Pedro E. Paulet, a South American engineer from Peru (1895). He operated a conical motor, 10 centimeters in diameter, using nitrogen peroxide and gasoline as propellants and measuring thrust up to 90 kilograms, and apparently used spark ignition and intermittent propellant injection. The test device which he used contained elements of later test stands, such as a spring thrust-measuring device. However, he did not publish his work until twenty-five years later. Evidence is examined concerning this only known claim to liquid propellant rocket engine experiments in the nineteenth century.
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Conference Paper
Ordway, F. I., III (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1977
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Publication: NASA, Washington Essays on the History of Rocketry and Astronautics, Vol. 2
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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