History of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines
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.
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Technology Trends and Historical Changes
Technology and Hardware
The Early Years 1903 to the 1940s
Liquid Propellant RocketEngine Organizations
Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines in the United States Summary
Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines in Russia Ukraine and the former
Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines in Germany
Frances Liquid Propellant RocketEngine History
Japans Liquid Propellant RocketEngine History
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