|My very first rocket after its maiden flight, landing in the frozen earth. Just over 18 in. (45 cm.) in length, and about 1 in. (2.6 cm) in diameter, it was not equipped with a recovery system. In fact, this rocket was little more than a finned steel tube with a wooden nosecone, powered by a small motor ("A" type) that I had just developed.|
For the first flight, the motor was only half loaded--it reached an altitude of a mere 40 feet (12 metres). The second flight, later that same day, with the motor filled to capacity (56 grams), the rocket rose to a height of about 480 feet (146 metres).