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Sprite rocket engine, c 1949.

Richardson, Claire

Sprite rocket engine, c 1949.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


Made by De Havilland. The Sprite rocket engine was developed as an asisted take-off unit for the Comet airliner. Early jet engines, such as those used by the Comet, were relatively inefficient when taking off from high altitude airports and benefited from rocket asistance. The Sprite's thrust was generated by the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide with a chemical catalyst.

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