Beta 2 rocket engine, 1948-1953.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

Beta 2 rocket engine, 1948-1953.

Richardson, Claire

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


The Beta 2 engine was used to propel scale models of the experimental Fairey Delta 1 supersonic aircraft. It burned a fuel mixture of methyl alcohol, hydrazine hydrate and water in hydrogen peroxide oxidant. An important modification over the earlier Beta 1 allowed the combustion reaction to start deeper within the chamber, thus preventing the chamber walls from overheating.



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