Wednesday, April 6, 2011

JATO



I just recieved an old rocket motor off of eBay. Sometimes refered to as JATO motors (jet assisted takeoff motor) or by the more accuarate acronym RATO (rocket assisted takeoff motors) these small motors have always caught my interest. Mostly because they were among the first, if not the first, rocket motors that were mass produced. The urban ledgend about the guy that attached several of these to his car doesn't hurt the appeal either. I can't find much information about this particular motor, so if anyone knows anything about them I'd love to hear from you. The markings on the case read Rocket Motor M3, Lot PA-79-9.

5 comments:

Dick said...

Very cool acquisition!

Mojave Rockets said...

Hi Randy, here's a link to the motors we made for Myth Busters' JATO 3 episode.

Rick

Mojave Rockets said...

ps the M3 jatos were used on Amry drones http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/m-57.html

Christopher Sanchez said...

Cool rocket motor.. I just got 2 of those at a second hand store.. Looks just about like the one in the picture.. But no lot number..

Christopher Sanchez said...

The lot PA 79-9 I believe that motor was made September of 1979. The one I have has lot PA 15-2 February 2015..