- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 7th edition (April 22, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471472425
- ISBN-13: 978-0471472421
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The classic guide by the "father of model rocketry"revisedand updated for the twenty-first century
This new edition of the "bible of modern rocketry" shows you howto safely build, launch, track, and recover model rocketsjustas the experts do it! Whether youre a beginner or a veteranmodel rocketeer, the Handbook of Model Rocketry explains everythingyou need to know to get your rocket off the groundfrom rocketconstruction and ignition systems to launching techniques,aerodynamics, altitude determinations, and recovery devices. G.Harry Stines son, Bill Stine, covers all the latest changesto the hobby since the last edition was published. Thisauthoritative guide, the official manual of the NationalAssociation of Rocketry, provides the expertise you need to launchyour 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-powerrocketry
- Explains building and flying large rocket models, and usingradio- controlled boost gliders and rocket gliders
- Lists the latest resources as well as information about joiningmodel rocket clubs and entering contests!
About the Author
G. HARRY STINE was the founder and one-time president of theNational Association of Rocketry. An engineer, science writer, andauthor, Stine also started the first model rocket company, whosekits are now in the Smithsonian.
His son, BILL STINE, is a model rocket expert in his ownright and is the founder and president of Quest Aerospace Inc.
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Potential readers should know that this is a guide to the hobby of model rocketry (altitudes up to about 2,000 feet, motors up to G size), and not a manual to mid-power or high-power rocketry. The text appropriately emphasizes the topics one would expect to find - rocket kits, launch systems, recovery systems, field selection, simple aerodynamics. Engines get somewhat summary treatment. The author is quite clear that, at the hobby level, we are involved in building and recovering rockets and not in the business of designing and building rocket motors. From size 1/2A to size G, we buy our single-use rocket engines prefabricated.
Remember that the first edition of this book appeared in 1964, and much of the text derives from that edition. That's not a bad thing, but just an observation. There is definitely an emphasis on the "garage-build," DIY methods of the golden age, and a relative lack of information on more modern RTF kits. The book assumes that you have an interest in building models as well as flying them. Recovery systems and rocket stability are also discussed at length, because it was these systems that presented the most challenging problems to rocketeers from the 1960s and 70s. So, in a way, think of this book as a reference to the hobby "pre-Estes."
This book is so very good because it just oozes appreciation, nostalgia, and technical mastery. It's a real treat to learn from one of the true masters. Got an interest? This is the book you want.
NOTE: My son loves and reads everything science related, even if it's over his head (he skips those parts and moves on). This book would not be suited for the average 10 year old who just wants the excitement of firing off rockets...this is for those wanted to better understand the details about flying rockets.
So there are formulas and details that are definitely above my son's understanding. That makes this book all the better. He read through it in a months time and plans to go through it again...picking up more details the next time. When he is older, he will have a better grasp of high math and be able to better understand those parts of this book. With that, I know this book will be used for years to come.