"Liquid Rocket Actuators and Operators"

by the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International, Aerojet-General Liquid Rocket Company, the Systems Group of TRW, Inc., and NASA Lewis Research Center scientists and engineers


..............Actual size is 11 x 8.5-inches

Liquid Rocket Actuators and Operators

by the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International, Aerojet-General Liquid Rocket Company, the Systems Group of TRW, Inc., and NASA Lewis Research Center scientists and engineers

"Actuators and operators" are the mechanisms that make rockets and missiles work.  The drive valves, flaps, engines, motors, and every sort of internal and external hardware.  This thick textbook from NASA explains the details of how they're designed, engineered, fabricated, and tested.

The manual include details about designing, fabricating, and testing various actuators and operators--supported by exceptional engineering drawings--and includes information about various actuator and operator configurations, seals for actuators and operators, mechanical transmission devices, and instrumentation for actuators and operators.

Written as NASA's guide for scientists, engineers, and technicians, the work is both complete and comprehensive.  It covers both theory, practice, and testing.  Detailed studies of materials, springs, bellows, electromechanical circuits, and dozens of other key components are presented.  All the necessary mathematical, algebraic, geometric, and calculus considerations are also given. 

The 157-page book is well-illustrated, with more than 30 detailed engineering drawings, figures, graphs, charts and tables.   Completing the treatise are some 144 references to other engineering and scientific studies, for further investigation.  The glossary is itself 8 pages long!

Typical engineering drawings  (much smaller than in book)

Prepared at the NASA Lewis Research Center by leading industry, military and NASA scientists and engineers--the leading commercial makers and users of actuators and operators for military and aerospace applications--this valuable book gives the practical information you need to design and build a high-technology, state-of-the-art experimental rocket, airplane, helicopter, boat, or racing car.

The contents are the result of more than 25 years of investigations by the world's largest actuator and operator contractors.  Literally hundreds of millions of dollars were spent obtaining this critical yet hard-to-find data. 

In a word, this is one of the most complete and comprehensive book ever written about theoretical and practical engineering design with state-of-the-art actuators and operators.  It’s thick (157 pages), heavy, and packed with accurate technical information for the professional (and “amateur”) rocket scientist, engineer, technician, and experimenter. 

If you design, build, test, or fly serious rockets, missiles, aircraft, or helicopters, you'll want this superb reference textbook.  It’s especially useful for “amateur” rocket builders -- with an abundance of data, esoteric information, and once-secret lore from the world's foremost rocket and aircraft builders.

Very hard to find and now out-of-print, this new limited edition has been republished by the Rocket Science Institute.  It's printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper for years of reference use.  Over 157 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. 

ISBN 1-878628-30-5.    $29.95

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