Handbook of Model Rocketry

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This new edition of the "bible of modern rocketry" shows you how to safely build, launch, track, and recover model rockets -- just as the experts do it! Whether you're a beginner or a veteran model rocketeer, the Handbook of Model Rocketry explains everything you need to know to get your rocket off the ground -- from rocket construction and ignition systems to launching techniques, aerodynamics, altitude determinations, and recovery devices. G. Harry Stine's son, Bill Stine, covers all the latest changes to the ...
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Overview

This new edition of the "bible of modern rocketry" shows you how to safely build, launch, track, and recover model rockets -- just as the experts do it! Whether you're a beginner or a veteran model rocketeer, the Handbook of Model Rocketry explains everything you need to know to get your rocket off the ground -- from rocket construction and ignition systems to launching techniques, aerodynamics, altitude determinations, and recovery devices. G. Harry Stine's son, Bill Stine, covers all the latest changes to the hobby since the last edition was published. This authoritative guide, the official manual of the National Association of Rocketry, provides the expertise you need to launch your rocket skyward.

Exceptionally well-written and exhaustive in scope, this book supplies everything today's one million plus rocketeers--teen through adult--need to know to safely build, launch, track, and recover model rockets. Recognized as the official handbook of the National Association of Rocketry. Young Adult.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This new edition of the "bible of model rocketry" is packed with years of research and tested science, filled with explanations about what works, what doesn't, and why. This thick volume has chapters about getting started, the tools and techniques in the workshop, rocket construction, the motors, the ignition systems, launching techniques, the height, the stability, the aerodynamics, the multistage rockets, recovery devices, glide recovery, building and flying large models, payloads, scale models, altitude determination, model rocket ranges, the clubs, and the contests. The book includes the latest regulations, a new chapter featuring high powered rocketry, a lengthy index, an extensive bibliography, a list of important addresses and web sites, calculations, computer code, black and white photographs throughout and many labeled diagrams. 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 12 up.
—Sally J. K. Davies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471472421
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/16/2004
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 325,913
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

G. HARRY STINE founder and past president of the NAR, started the first model rocket company whose kits are now in the Smithsonian. An engineer, science writer, and science fiction author, he is one of 50 U.S. space pioneers honored with a silver medal by the U.S. Army Association. More than 35 years after his first model rocket went skyward and over 500 million model rockets later, Stine continues to design, fly, and teach others how to do it.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the seventh edition
Preface to the first edition
1 This is model rocketry 1
2 Getting started 13
3 Tools and techniques in the workshop 25
4 Model rocket construction 45
5 Model rocket motors 64
6 Ignition and ignition systems 82
7 Launchers and launching techniques 98
8 How high will it go? 111
9 Stability 128
10 Model rocket aerodynamics 143
11 Multistage model rockets 159
12 Recovery devices 174
13 Glide recovery 190
14 Building and flying large models 221
15 Payloads 232
16 Scale models 247
17 Altitude determination 266
18 Model rocket ranges 283
19 Clubs and contests 298
20 Where do I go from here? 308
Epilogue 317
Bibliography 319
App. I: Important addresses 321
App. II Model rocket CP calculation 323
App. III Rocket altitude simulation : computer program RASP-93 325
App. IV Static stability calculation : computer program STABCAL-2 331
App. V The triple-track tracker 337
App. VI Two-station alt-azimuth tracking data reduction program MRDR-2 343
App. VII Three-station elevation-angle-only tracking data reduction tables 345
App. VIII Sample NAR section bylaws 349
Index 353
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    The Authoritative Handbook for Model Rocketers

    Having been interested in model rocketing many years ago, and now returning to the hobby, I found this book to be the best single volume on the subject. The authors are very well known and address the subject in a manner useful to all levels of skill in rocketry and provide all the information needed for enthusiasts to not only have a general understanding of the principles of rocketry, but set up the capapbility to design and build your own rockets. The topic is fully addressed from basics to simple mathematics and the physics behind model rocketry.

    I would recommend this book to any and all rocketry hobbyists as an essential element for their library. An excellent tutorial and reference on all important aspects of the subject.

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