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Haynes Manual: Rocket

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Haynes Manual: Rocket

22.99

DAVID BAKER

Forged in desperation, as Nazi V-2s rained terror on London and Antwerp during World War 2, and later refined in the missile race of the Cold War, the rocket has so far proved to be the only way for us to liberate ourselves from the Earth’s gravitational shackles and explore new worlds. David Baker chronicles the history of the rocket, the enormous increases in power achieved during the 1950s and 60s, and the commercial demands placed on rockets today as they loft satellite payloads into orbit in ever-increasing numbers. Along the way, he also explores the key design considerations that underpin all rocket design, from the choice of propellant to rocket staging, guidance, and management of the enormous forces brought to bear during lift-off.

Format: 270 x 215 x 17 mm

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DAVID BAKER

Forged in desperation, as Nazi V-2s rained terror on London and Antwerp during World War 2, and later refined in the missile race of the Cold War, the rocket has so far proved to be the only way for us to liberate ourselves from the Earth’s gravitational shackles and explore new worlds. David Baker chronicles the history of the rocket, the enormous increases in power achieved during the 1950s and 60s, and the commercial demands placed on rockets today as they loft satellite payloads into orbit in ever-increasing numbers. Along the way, he also explores the key design considerations that underpin all rocket design, from the choice of propellant to rocket staging, guidance, and management of the enormous forces brought to bear during lift-off.

Format: 270 x 215 x 17 mm

About the author

Author Dr David Baker worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990. He has written more than 100 books on space flight and military technology and is the former editor of Jane’s Space Directory and Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades. In 1986 he was made a member of the International Academy of Astronautics by NASA manned flight boss George Mueller and is a member of the US Air Force Association and The Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He received the 1998 Rolls-Royce Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year and in 2005 he was a recipient of the Arthur C Clarke Award. David is currently the editor of SpaceFlight, the monthly space news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, of which he is a Fellow. He lives in East Sussex, England, with his wife Ann.