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Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering

2nd Edition

By Travis S. Taylor

CRC Press

320 pages | 200 Color Illus. | 65 B/W Illus.

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Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering, Second Edition, presents the history and basics of rocket science, and examines design, experimentation, testing, and applications. Exploring how rockets work, the book covers the concepts of thrust, momentum, impulse, and the rocket equation, along with the rocket engine, its components, and the physics involved in the generation of the propulsive force. The text also presents several different types of rocket engines and discusses the testing of rocket components, subsystems, systems, and complete products. The final chapter stresses the importance for rocket scientists and engineers to creatively deal with the complexities of rocketry.


"This book is an excellent reference for the rocket enthusiast and for anyone interested in participating in any kind of rocket competition. It is a very useful complement to the library of anyone teaching a rocket class."

Riccardo Bonazza, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA

Table of Contents

What Are Rockets? Why Are Rockets Needed? How Do Rockets Work? How Do Rocket Engines Work? Are All Rockets the Same? How Do We Test Rockets? Are We Thinking Like Rocket Scientists and Engineers? Suggested Reading for Rocket Scientists and Engineers. Index.

About the Author

Travis S. Taylor has worked on various projects for NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense, including advanced propulsion concepts, space-based beamed energy systems, space launch concepts, and large space telescopes. Dr. Taylor was also one of the principle investigators for the Ares I Flight Test Planning effort for NASA Marshall Space Center. He holds a doctorate in Optical Science & Engineering from the University of Alabama - Huntsville, and additional degrees in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, and Astronomy. Dr. Taylor is also known for his television shows - "Rocket City Rednecks" (National Geographic Network) and "Three Scientists Walk Into a Bar" (the Weather Channel). He has also written several science fiction novels, and two college textbooks. He and his family live in northern Alabama, within sight of the Saturn V rocket that's on exhibit at the untsville space flight center.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics