Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering

Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering

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By (author) Travis S. Taylor

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  • Publisher: CRC Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 314 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 236mm x 20mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 27 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Bosa Roca
  • ISBN 10: 1420075284
  • ISBN 13: 9781420075281
  • Illustrations note: 227 black & white illustrations, 3 black & white tables

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An overall view of the vast spectrum of knowledge needed by practicing rocket scientists and engineers, Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering presents the history and basics of rocket theory, design, experimentation, testing, and applications. It covers an array of fields, from advanced mathematics, chemistry, and physics to logistics, systems engineering, and politics. The text begins with a discussion on the discovery and development of rockets as well as the basic principles governing rockets and rocket science. It explains why rockets are needed from economic, philosophical, and strategic standpoints and looks at why the physics of the universe forces us to use rockets to complete certain activities. Exploring how rockets work, the author 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. He 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 of rocket scientists and engineers to think of the unusual, unlikely, and unthinkable when dealing with the complexities of rocketry. Taking students through the process of becoming a rocket scientist or engineer, this text supplies a hands-on understanding of the many facets of rocketry. It provides the ideal foundation for students to continue on their journey in rocket science and engineering.

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U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Table of contents

What Are Rockets? The History of Rockets Rockets of the Modern Era Rocket Anatomy and Nomenclature Why Are Rockets Needed? Missions and Payloads Trajectories Orbits Orbit Changes and Maneuvers Ballistic Missile Trajectories How Do Rockets Work? Thrust Specific Impulse Weight Flow Rate Tsiolkovsky's Rocket Equation Staging Rocket Dynamics, Guidance, and Control How Do Rocket Engines Work? The Basic Rocket Engine Thermodynamic Expansion and the Rocket Nozzle Exit Velocity Rocket Engine Area Ratio and Lengths Rocket Engine Design Example Are All Rockets the Same? Solid Rocket Engines Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines Hybrid Rocket Engines Electric Rocket Engines Nuclear Rocket Engines Solar Rocket Engines Photon-Based Engines How Do We Test Rockets? The Systems Engineering Process and Rocket Development Measuring Thrust Pressure Vessel Tests Shake 'n Bake Tests Drop and Landing Tests Environment Tests Destructive Tests Modeling and Simulation Roll-Out Test Flight Tests Are We Thinking Like Rocket Scientists and Engineers? Weather Cocking Fuel Sloshing Propellant Vorticity Tornadoes and Overpasses Flying Foam Debris Monocoque The Space Mission Analysis and Design Process Back to the Moon Suggested Reading for Rocket Scientists and Engineers Index A Chapter Summary and Exercises appear at the end of each chapter.