"This meticulously researched work will inform scholars and engineers interested in the history of technology and innovation and those specializing in the history of spaceflight. . . There is much to praise and little to criticize in these two fine volumes on the history of US rocket technology."--Quest
“It fills what is unquestionably a tremendous gap in the literature of space access . . . does a superb job of tracing the main lines of development of the major rocket technologies. . . This work is a benchmark in the process of the invention of spaceflight and its evolution over time.”--Roger Launius, Smithsonian Institution; Chair, Division of Space History, NASA
(Roger Launius, Smithsonian Institution; Chair, Division of Space History, NASA)
“In his excellent book . . . veteran air and space historian, J. D. Hunley argues that it’s wrong because there is no such thing as rocket science. His effort is the most comprehensive general history of the growth of American rocketry we’re likely to see. Hunley’s book is very valuable to those who currently work in rocket development because it allows them to understand the past and perform more effectively in the future. The Development of Propulsion Technology made me proud to be an engineer.”—Air and Space Power Journal
(Capt. Brent D. Ziarnick, USAFR Air and Space Power Journal
About the Author
J. D. HUNLEY’s career as a historian has focused on the history of aerospace technology. He was named a Ramsey Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum for 20012002 after serving in history programs for both NASA and the U.S. Air Force. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Now semiretired, he continues to write about the history of America’s space program.