Synopses & Reviews
This new book, written by one of the foremost experts in rocket propulsion, gives an account of the liquid propellant rocket engine field over the last fourscore and more years. It is the story about the technological advances that allowed progressive improvements in design, analysis, thrust magnitude, reliability, cost, and performance; where and when those advances were made, including unique engines from the countries most important to this technology; the groups, companies, or organizations of engineers, specialists, and dedicated people who made it happen; and the different kinds of flight vehicles that have been propelled by liquid propellant rocket engines. You will learn about the early pioneers, amateur rocket societies, evolution of key hardware components, past investigations of different liquid propellants, reorganizations and mergers of key companies, and the principal areas of application. In addition to the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, Japan, United Kingdom, People's Republic of China, and India histories are included.
Liquid propellant rocket engines have propelled all the manned space flights, all the space vehicles flying to the planets or deep space, virtually all satellites, and the majority of medium range or intercontinental range ballistic missiles.