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Shuttle Booster Seperation Motor Rocket Nozzle
A Real Piece of space history.

    This Nozzle is from a Space Shuttle Booster Separation Motor. Approximately two minutes into flight, 16 of these small but powerful motors execute split-second timing to provide the precise thrust required for safe separation of the spent boosters away from the main fuel tank and orbiter.

The Booster Separation Motors are Made by Pratt & Whitney Chemical System Division's. Booster Separation Motors (called BSM's) are vital for NASA's Space Shuttle launches. (Take a look at the pic and the plumes on the SRB's).

    In Performance, each BSM produces 18,500 pounds Average Thrust as the rocket fires in less than .8 seconds.  Prior to flight, an ablative material is applied to the exterior of the nozzle to prevent premature ignition during ascent.

During Post-Flight the ablative is Hydrolasered off leaving the zinc chromated aluminum (see pic). Finally NASA re-applies the part number using a vibro-etch device. 

    In scraping the used rockets, NASA melts the casings down but the aluminum base and Steel Nozzle remain intact.

On the right is our Booster Nozzle on display at the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On the right is our Booster Nozzle on display at the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Booster Rocket Nozzle is currently on display at the
South Florida Science Museum South Florida Science Museum

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