All About Rocket EnginesBook - 2009
In the foreword to this book, career rocket engineer Edward Hujsak states: "The galaxy is our playground." And why not? In the midst of interminable turf and ideological battles, humans have proved themselves curious, inventive, adventurous, and capable of stupendous deeds. Hunkering down on Planet Earth while there is a galaxy to explore seems unthinkable. "All About Rocket Engines" was targeted initially toward gifted teenagers, as a reference for rocket projects, and to provide information regarding rocket propulsion when searching for career opportunities. It now may find multifold purpose as a science reference in the libraries of schools, colleges as well as public libraries. The book begins with a brief history of rocket propulsion. Following chapters deal with summaries of existing rocket engines, design and theory of combustion chambers, turbopumps, turbines, valves and complete operating systems. Other chapters cover advanced rocket engines, including electric propulsion, nuclear engines, and the far-out devices conceived to power future star ships. The final chapter leads the reader through simplified calculations for preliminary design of a space hotel and the heavy lift rocket needed to launch it into Earth orbit.
Publisher: La Jolla, CA : Mina-Helwig Co., c2009.
Branch Call Number: 621.4356/HUJSAK
Characteristics: 154 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Rocket engines