Propulsion of Guided Missiles
from the United States Air Force Technical Training Manual
An exceptional reference resource for the "amateur" rocket experimenter and builder of model rockets.
During the 1960s and 1970, some of America's brightest and most creative rocket scientists and engineers designed and built the largest, fastest, most powerful, and most accurate rockets and missiles ever seen. Companies like Aerojet, Rocketdyne, Hercules, Thiokol, TRW, and Sperry collaborated with the U.S. Air Force to publish an advanced training program for new missileers. The result was the AFM 52-31 Technical Training Manual "Guided Missiles Fundamentals," first printed in July 1972.
Typical illustrations from the book
This book is extracted from AFM 52-31, a thick, heavy, unwieldy loose-leaf 575-page volume that contains a wealth of once-secret information, drawings, and data about the most advanced rockets and missile propulsion systems of that era. The text teaches how missiles like the Falcon, Sparrow, Sidewinder, Bomarc, Bullpup, Mace, Quail, Titan, Hound Dog, Minuteman, Shrike, Maverick, and SRAM work (with focus on propulsion and propellants). For many years this was part of "the bible" that trained thousands of men and women who operated the Titan and Minuteman missile systems, and many once-secret design details of those huge intercontinental ballistic missiles are well-described in this important text.
Guided Missiles Fundamentals has long been out-of-print, and reprinted editions of the entire book are expensive and hard to come by. Since the big textbook is expensive in its entirety, the Rocket Science Institute has republished the most important chapters from this huge document, offering them at a more reasonable price.
This book is a reprint of the 48-page section about Propulsion of Guided Missiles. Provides both theory (with detailed examples) and practical information, intended for hands-on USAF missile technicians, mechanics, engineers, and scientists. Covers both jet engines and rocket propulsion systems, solid and liquid.l
Illustrated with numerous detailed tables and charts, drawings and photos, graphs and diagrams. The book is both highly educational and a "fun read," covering these topics with detailed text, formulae, and illustrations, some of which are in better condition than others:
Summary of Contents
- Formulae and laws of jet propulsion
- Classification of jet propulsion systems
- Guided missile propellants
- Propellant performance
- Solid propellants
- Composite propellants
- Solid propellant grain configurations
- Comparison of solid propellants
- Liquid propellants
- Gelled and slurry propellants
- Unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine
- Liquid hydrogen
- Liquid oxygen
- Nitric acid
- Nitrogen tetroxide
- Chlorine pentafluoride
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Comparison of liquid propellants
- High pressure gases (helium, nitrogen, liquid nitrogen)
- Combustion chambers
- Ignition systems
- Spontaneous ignition
- Exhaust nozzles
- Air-breathing jet engines
- Pulsejet engines
- Ramjet engines
- Subsonic ramjet operation
- Low-supersonic ramjet operation
- High-supersonic ramjet operation
- Turbojet engines
- Turbojet component parts
- Turbojet operation
- Turboprop engines
- Turbofan engines
- Liquid rocket pressure-fed systems
- Pump-fed systems
- Monopropellants systems
- Air-augmented rockets and rocket ram-jets
- Advanced propulsion systems
- Nuclear propulsion
- Electrical propulsion
- Missile launching methods
- Booster assemblies
- Launcher types
- Zero-length launchers
- Minuteman and Titan missile silos
- Monorail launchers
Full of esoteric and hard-to-find data. Includes a 4-page summary and description of Department of Defense Guided Missiles.
Please not that some of the illustrations are of poor quality
This is a republished edition, printed directly from a rare digital archive supplied to us by the USAF. Not the highest quality to work from, but still a useful edition of this important and hard-to-find reference resource. Since this is a third-generation edition, many of the photos are less than clear and sharp--but the information they convey is there. Don't expect illustrations of the highest quality in terms of resolution, but each one has a wealth of information that you can use. Legibility in this edition varies from "good" to "not-so-good," even though it was printed with a state-of-the-art laser printer on high-quality, acid-free paper. 48 pages, 11 x 8.5-inches, quality bound. $19.95
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