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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6 edition (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471593613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471593614
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,516,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The classic guide by the "father of model rocketry"–revised and updated for the twenty-first century

This new edition of the "bible of modern rocketry" shows you how to safely build, launch, track, and recover model rockets–just as the experts do it! Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran model rocketeer, the Handbook of Model Rocketry explains everything you need to know to get your rocket off the ground–from rocket construction and ignition systems to launching techniques, aerodynamics, altitude determinations, and recovery devices. G. Harry Stine’s son, Bill Stine, covers all the latest changes to the hobby since the last edition was published. This authoritative guide, the official manual of the National Association of Rocketry, provides the expertise you need to launch your rocket skyward.

  • Features new types of rockets, motors, and electronic payloads, as well as computer software and Internet resources
  • Includes the latest regulations and a new chapter on high-power rocketry
  • Explains building and flying large rocket models, and using radio- controlled boost gliders and rocket gliders
  • Lists the latest resources as well as information about joining model rocket clubs and entering contests!
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

G. HARRY STINE founder and past president of the NAR, started the first model rocket company whose kits are now in the Smithsonian. An engineer, science writer, and science fiction author, he is one of 50 U.S. space pioneers honored with a silver medal by the U.S. Army Association. More than 35 years after his first model rocket went skyward and over 500 million model rockets later, Stine continues to design, fly, and teach others how to do it.

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This book is very well organized and has all the information you need.
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This is an extremely good aspect of the book because it spares the reader of the frequent hair-pulling frustration due to confusion.
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This is a great book and perfect to keep by your work table if you want a new idea or need to know something.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "donatellim" on July 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I first read this book, I was merely a 15 year old begginer to the wonderful hobby of rocketry. After having sifted all the fundementals and vital information that made up this fascinating field, I found that what I intially thought to be simple was, indeed, the result of meticulas and crucial technical planning. Rocketry is fun, however the complexity and engineering of a rocket lies hidden. This book enveils that complexity and helps the reader comprehend it in a relatively easy manner. This is an extremely good aspect of the book because it spares the reader of the frequent hair-pulling frustration due to confusion.
The preliminary chapters allow the reader to become more deaply familiar to the general aspects of the hobby. Things like basic model rocket components and construction as well as how to get started in order to eventually become deaply involved in the hobby are covered in these sections. You'll find that much of the information in this section is, most likely, stuff you may already be familiar with if you're a more experienced novice.
The book then procedes to more detailed and more technical aspects of rocketry. From chapters 5 and on, more technical information is presented, however, in a format that makes understanding easy. Rocket motors, ingnition systems, stabilty, rocket aerodynamics and altitude determination are some of the many aspects covered.
Another great feature of this book is that BASIC type computer programs that simulate and caculate crucial values and overall rocket performance can be found in the books's appendix already written. All you have to do is re-write the code in a BASIC computer program compiler and you're ready to make complex mathematical calculations for your rocket design in a matter of seconds.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
The late G. Harry Stine is considered the father of model rocketry and was also the founder of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). In this book, Harry explains the basics of model rocketry, including propulsion, stability, recovery, design, launching, safety and much more. And the language is on a level that's easy to read and understand by both young and old. This book is truly the bible of model rocketry and should be in every rocketeer's library. Great job Harry - Thank you!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Fields on December 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
The late Harry Stine is owed by all of us model rocket enthusiasts, active and (like myself) inactive, a debt of gratitude for the work he did to make model rocketry safe, and, more importantly, legal.
While in the end Mr. Stine was not in synch with the average model rocket enthusiast (which were going into high powered rocketry) he was still admired by all for his contributions.
If you want to find out the basics of model rocketry, up to a discussion of the then emerging (big time) high powered rocketry, this book is your bible. Carry it with you if you want to know about engine sizes, stability, recovery devices, everything you need to know to shoot your rocket into the sky and bring it back in one piece (I should add as a side note that rockets that go bad are kind of fun to watch, but really hard on the makers nerves).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
G. Harry Stine's handbook is the first book that any novice wishing to learn the fundamentals should pick up. Stine's magical ability to explain difficult ideas clearly and thoroughly is one of the things I loved about the book. The other reason, in my opinion why this book was so good is because it covers both breadth and depth about the sport of model rocketry. It did not just explain the basics and stop right there. Stine took it further by talking about the aerodynamics of rocketry, how to build large models, boost gliders, how to form clubs and oversee ranges, scale modeling.. and on and on...In fact, there are many tables in the book that even a veteran rocketeer would have to refer to almost daily to retrieve important information. WHAT AN AWESOME BOOK!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By a rocketeer of nj on September 30, 2002
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I got this book from the library as a beginner hoping it would be useful. I opened it up when I got home and was amazed. This book had everything i needed to know and much more. It Has a good description of everything about model rockets Including tricks and tips, what not to do, how things work and how to get them to work properly, flight, safety, and construction. This is a great book and perfect to keep by your work table if you want a new idea or need to know something. So overall, i think this book could not of been better!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This Book Covers the History of Rockets to How to Build your own rocket and back. It is written in a super format and contains around 349 pages of knowladge of rockets and its cousins (Rocket Gliders.) Any body who knows nothing about rockets will be an expert by the end of the book and it is very helpful for even experts.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dean Thomas on December 24, 2002
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I use this manual to help me teach both Sea Cadets and CAP Cadets about Model Rocketry. Or more to the point, I use parts of it. Even though the late Mr. Stine had ensured that this book is fully comprehensive, It can have a tad TOO MUCH information. Still, the book does not detract from telling the reader how good, fun, and educational Model Rocketry is. I would recommend it for educators and advanced Model Rocketeers who wish to take their interest to the next level.
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