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2.3 What are some good books to read to learn more about model and high power rocketry?


This article is from the Model Rockets FAQ, by Wolfram von Kiparski with numerous contributions by others.

2.3 What are some good books to read to learn more about model and high power rocketry?

Handbook of Model Rocketry, Sixth Edition
G. Harry Stine
THE handbook on model rocketry. Covers just about everything you need
to get started. Good tips for experienced modelers as well. Sixth
edition was published March 1994. Available from several sources,
including NARTS.

Basics of Model Rocketry, 2nd edition
Douglas R. Pratt
Kalmbach Books, 1993
A general introduction to model rocketry.
The 2nd edition is highly revised and has become available as of Jan.
1993. The first edition is very Estes/Centuri/FSI oriented. The
second edition includes sections on composite motors, Aerotech, NCR
and other more recent manufacturers.

Model Rocket Design and Construction
Timothy S. Van Milligan (102374.2533@compuserve.com)
Kalmbach Books, 1995
120 pages, 16 chapters, 240 illustrations, 40 photographs;
This book is geared towards modelers wanting to know more about the
art and science of building better rockets. Includes chapters on
design, improving performance, constructions and other topics.
The coverage of glider and helicopter recovery, the glossary, and
construction and repoir techniques is very good.

69 Simple Science Fair Projects with Model Rockets: Aeronautics
Timothy S. Van Milligan (102374.2533@compuserve.com)
Published by Apogee Components
ISBN 0-9653620-0-0
104 pages pages consisting of 5 chapters and 3 appendicies; including
83 illustrations. Soft cover with 4-color artwork.
This book contains topic ideas for rocketry related science fair projects
from very simple experiments that can be done in an afternoon, to some
complex ones that require more sophisticated measuring equipment. Each
project begins with some background information that explains why the
topic is important and should be researched. Most projects also give a
starting point that tell what type of equipment may be needed, and also
where the experimenter should go for additional background research.
This is not a cookbook approach, as the actual experiment must be designed
by the researcher.

The Model Rocketry Handbook
Stuart Lodge
Argus Books 1990
ISBN 1-85486-047-X
British handbook on model rocketry. Geared towards beginners, but some
good tips for more experienced rocketeers.

Stu's Space: The Gospel According to Stuart Lodge
Stuart Lodge
25 Huntington Drive
Castle Donington
Derby DE74 2SR
A more advanced book than his "The Model Rocketry Handbook". Includes
10 chapters on Construction Techniques, Ignition and Launch Systems,
Recovery Systems, Stability, and more. Self published by Stuart
using high quality photocopies. Available directly from Stu.

Rockets of the World, 2nd edition
Peter Alway (petealway@aol.com)
Saturn Press, 1995
This book contains information on more than 200 versions of 137
rockets from 14 countries and Europe. An absolute must buy for
scale modeling enthusiasts and rocketry enthusiasts in general.
Available via mail order from Saturn Press, NARTS, Quest, Countdown
Hobbies, Magnum, Mountainside Hobbies and other sources.

Retro Rockets: Experimental Rockets 1926-1941
Peter Alway (petealway@aol.com)
Saturn Press, 1996
More than 30 rockets flown by Robert Goddard and his
contemporaries, depicted with dimensioned drawings,
color-keyed drawings, and photographs. Historical
backgraound for each. 96-page hardcover.

Second Stage: Advanced Model Rocketry
Michael A. Banks
Kalmbach Books, 1985
A good introduction to E/F/G level rocketry. Some good construction

Rocket Propulsion Elements, An Introduction to the Engineering of Rockets.
George P. Sutton.
Sixth Edition, A Wiley-Interscience Publication,
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1992

Teaching Science Through Model Rocketry
Tony Wayne
3 Pigs Publishing, 1994
The book is for the individual who teaches rocketry to others or is
looking for another aspect of science to teach. It covers lesson plans,
class setup, physics demonstrations, rocketry labs, rocket science
background, teaching aides and more. Over 250 pages.
Tony Wayne
58 Court Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901-2457


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