Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion

Principles, Practice and New Developments (Third Edition)

Martin J. L. Turner

Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion Third Edition has been revised and updated to provide a practical, hands-on work dealing with the newest applications and systems used in rocket and spacecraft propulsion. Written from the perspective of the user rather than the theorist, it discusses the range of launch vehicles in use throughout the world today, and includes the very latest details of some of the advanced propulsion systems currently being developed.

The book covers the fundamentals of the subject, from the basic principles of rocket propulsion and vehicle dynamics through the theory and practice of liquid and solid propellant motors, to new and future developments. Significant new developments in engine types and practical applications are discussed, such as


Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Acknowledgements
List of figures
List of tables
List of colour plates

    1 History and principles of rocket propulsion

  1. The development of the rocket
  2. Newton's third law and the rocket equation
  3. Orbits and spaceflight
  4. Non-Rocket In-Space Propulsion


  5. 2 The thermal rocket engine
  6. The basic configuration#
  7. The development of thrust and the effect of the atmosphere
  8. The thermodynamics of the rocket engine
  9. The thermodynamic thrust equation
  10. Computing rocket engine performance
  11. Worked Exapmle
  12. Summary


  13. 3 Liquid propellant rocket engines
  14. The basic configuration of the liquid propellant engine
  15. The combustion chamber and nozzle
  16. Liquid propellant distribution systems
  17. Cooling of liquid-fuelled rocket engines
  18. Examples of rocket engine propellant flow



Extent: 440 pages with a 24-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Publication Date: September 2008
ISBN: 978-3-540-69202-7



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