Fundamentals of Rocketry book
This book bridges the knowledge gap between hobbyist (model and "high power") rocketry and amateur rocketry, covers the basic principles of structure, flight dynamics, propulsion, and even government regulations. Available in HTML web format as an email attachment or on CD. Included are three MathCAD programs, including two flight simulation programs.
Below are extracts from the new book on basic rocket concepts, Fundamentals of Rocketry.
Excerpt from chapter 2 on the ideal rocket equation
Excerpt from chapter 4 on tank design
Excerpt from chapter 5 on pyrotechnic igniter circuits
Design Review: The Huron Rocket
Ball Valve Controllers
|Ball-valve controllers or actuators are an important component of hybrid- or liquid-propellant rockets. The electronics and mechanics of ball-valves and controllers are presented, with a detailed description of one implementation, and also of the Innovatia VC1.|
Rocket Propulsion Theory
This is an engineering-level, introductory short-course covering the underlying concepts of rocket propulsion. With these concepts, much of the astronautics engineering literature is accessible.
Rocket Engine Analysis (partially complete)
Flight Simulation Programs (MathCAD 6 Pro)
Sounding Rocket Flight Analysis 1
|Analytical solution: no drag, gravity loss, vertical ascent, pressure thrust variation, constant gravity|
Sounding Rocket Flight Analysis 2
|Single-stage numerical analysis with drag and ascent angles, g(h); interpolated atmosphere; gravity turn|