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Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering Hardcover

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  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (February 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420075284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420075281
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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Travis S. Taylor: "Doc" Taylor to his friends:has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a doctorate in optical science and engineering, a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in aerospace engineering, a master's degree in astronomy, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. He lives in Harvest, AL with his wife Karen and their daughter.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is an overview. There is no way you can go into depth on the material needed in 300 pages. This is no popular science book either. You need to be familiar with astronomy, physics (mechanics in particular), advanced math through calculus and differential equations, and even some chemistry to get the most from this book. It does try to balance some pretty good explanations with some examples, and there are exercises at the end of each chapter. Don't expect to be an expert at the end of the book. In fact, I'd say believing that you've been bombarded with enough material that you feel somewhat lost would be a good sign. The point of the book is to give you a feel for the kinds of calculations and sciences that are involved in rocket design so that you can decide if studying these topics in depth is for you. The book does show the author's love of the subject as he discusses motivations and even the kind of "dreamer" that the budding rocket scientist should be. You shouldn't be the type that looks at every problem and sees only limitations. Recommended for the upper level undergraduate physicist or engineer.

The table of contents for this book is hard to come by so I show that next.

1.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
2.How Do Rockets Work?
Thrust
Specific Impulse
Weight Flow Rate
Tsiolkovsky's Rocket Equation
Staging
Rocket Dynamics, Guidance, and Control
3.How Do Rocket Engines Work?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Luis Hevia Casanova on September 16, 2010
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Brown on June 27, 2013
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The topic was well presented. The author does a great job of making rocket science easy to understand. The chapters were organized in a logical and easy to follow manner. This book is excellent for someone who just wants to get an understanding of rocket science while at the same time providing equations and calculations for university classroom study. Well done!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Love on May 3, 2013
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Have only just started reading this book, but am quite impressed so far with what I've read in this book...
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1 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Truth on June 20, 2012
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It's sad that we are still being made to believe that the only way to reach orbit is with a rocket. Doesn't anyone find it interesting that we are using antiquated technology to enter space and technology that was in use "20 to 30 years ago". The shuttle was technology dating back to the 70s. Either nobody tried hard enough to make advancements in propulsion systems or the technology to reach space more efficiently and in a more advanced way was developed but covered up. If you deny it you're stupid.
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