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