Robert H. Goddard launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket on 16th March 1926.
By 1926, Goddard had constructed and tested successfully the first rocket using liquid fuel. Indeed, the flight of Goddard’s rocket on March 16,1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts, was a feat as epochal in history as that of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk.
It also lists these firsts:
- First explored mathematically the practicality of using rocket propulsion to reach high altitudes and even the moon (1912);
- First proved, by actual static test, that a rocket will work in a vacuum, that it needs no air to push against;
- First developed and shot a liquid fuel rocket, March 16,1926;
- First shot a scientific payload (barometer and camera) in a rocket flight (1929, Auburn, Massachusetts);
- First used vanes in the rocket motor blast for guidance (1932, New Mexico);
- First developed gyro control apparatus for rocket flight (1932, New Mexico);
- First received U.S. patent in idea of multi-stage rocket (1914);
- First developed pumps suitable for rocket fuels;
- First launched successfully a rocket with a motor pivoted on gimbals under the influence of a gyro mechanism (1937).