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Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering, Second Edition

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What Are Rockets? Why Are Rockets Needed? How Do Rockets Work? How Do Rocket Engines Work? Are All Rockets the Same? How Do We Test Rockets? Are We Thinking Like Rocket Scientists and Engineers? Suggested Reading for Rocket Scientists and Engineers. Index.

About the Author

Travis S. Taylor has worked on various projects for NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense, including advanced propulsion concepts, space-based beamed energy systems, space launch concepts, and large space telescopes. Dr. Taylor was also one of the principle investigators for the Ares I Flight Test Planning effort for NASA Marshall Space Center. He holds a doctorate in Optical Science & Engineering from the University of Alabama - Huntsville, and additional degrees in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, and Astronomy. Dr. Taylor is also known for his television shows - "Rocket City Rednecks" (National Geographic Network) and "Three Scientists Walk Into a Bar" (the Weather Channel). He has also written several science fiction novels, and two college textbooks. He and his family live in northern Alabama, within sight of the Saturn V rocket that's on exhibit at the untsville space flight center.


"This book is an excellent reference for the rocket enthusiast and for anyone interested in participating in any kind of rocket competition. It is a very useful complement to the library of anyone teaching a rocket class." - Riccardo Bonazza, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA

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