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This invention relates to air-craft and particularly to air-craft of the rocket type, or craft in which propulsion is effected by the discharge of combustion gases through a rearwardly directed nozzle or passage. It is the general object of my invention to provide mechanism which will enable such an air-craft to preserve its direction of flight and its orientation without manual supervision or attention. A further object is to provide direction apparatus which will be operative under very low air pressure conditions or in a substantial vacuum. In the preferred form, my directing mechanism is equally effective under widely varying conditions of atmospheric pressure. More specifically, my invention relates to the provision of directing vanes, controlled in position by a plurality of gyroscopes, and adapted to be projected into the atmosphere surrounding the air-craft or into the path of the discharge gases.
aircraft propulsion, aircraft directing vanes
Aviation | Engineering
Goddard, Robert, "Mechanism for Directing Flight" (1932). WPI Patents Collection. 39.