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Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering
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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.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #328904 in Books
- Brand: imusti
- Published on: 2009-02-24
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 9.21" h x .75" w x 6.14" l, 1.30 pounds
- Binding: Hardcover
- 324 pages
- CRC Press
About the Author
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, Alabama, USA
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful.
Direct and simple, the way it should be
By Jorge Luis Hevia Casanova
I have recently bought this book in order to learn some basics about rockets, expecting a far more simple text. After reading the whole book, I cannot say I have missed part of my pretty precious spare's time. This is, indeed, one of the most concise and pretty accurate applied's science book I have ever read, and I have read a few now. Don't be afraid of the book's thickness, as someone else stated before, it treats tons of differents fields involved in rocket's design and operation. You should be used to basics physics, and general engineering knowledge to get the point the book tries to reach.
Simple in concept and expected to be more a student's text book than a hard science's book, if you have technical knowledge and have little idea about rockets, this book covers almost everything to design one.
There are, of course, tons of other issues not covered in this book, like pump's cavitation, special equipment for cryo requirements, and so on, but, again, I should state that the latest isn't possible without the previous.
I have enjoyed a lot this book, and I am just a "freak" who enjoys technology in general, including hard science books. Considering that, I highly recommend that book, and it is worth the money it cost.
Remember one thing, and it is the book's title. As it states, it is an introduction, so expect basics on topic. This way, book fully satisfied the title, and surpasses it by far.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Fantastic work! You just need to make sure you ...
Fantastic work! You just need to make sure you have your math up to date. You need a minimum of Calc 2 and some differential equations to fully follow the mathematical aspect of it. Well put together, if you already have a rocket science background, you can still learn a lot from the way the author presents the material. If you don't have a rocket science background, you will definitely have a solid foundation, on the subject, that you can share with your kids or students. Get this book, you will be able to teach your kids, or your grandkids a lot when you take them to a science museum or exhibit that has rockets or space gadgets. A true joy ride.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Oleg A Grachov
very good for rocket science professionals