"Sounding Rocket Program Handbook"

Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility


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

Sounding Rocket Program Handbook

Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility

This new NASA Handbook--a jewel of a publication--describes the rockets, guidance systems, payloads, test procedures, launch operations, telemetry systems, launch ranges, and data processing for all of NASA's suborbital rocket projects.

It's large in format, thick with big chapters of key information, and printed in high resolution.  This is the "real thing," not a cheap photocopy!  The nearly 100 digital photos, engineering drawings, tables,  graphs, charts, and maps are superb--and superbly reproduced by state-of-the-art laser printing technology.

Everything you might want to know (and a lot more!) about the 15 principal sounding rockets is presented with artistic creativity and a high level of professionalism.  Details are given for these (and other) important high-altitude rockets, and their respective boosters and payload packages:

  • Super Arcas
  • Black Brant V, IX, X, XI, and XII
  • Terrier-Improved Orion
  • Nike-Black Brant
  • Terrier-Malemute
  • Orion
  • Nike-Orion
  • Taurus-Orion
  • Terrier-Black Brant VC
  • Viper Dart
  • Other Special Projects launch vehicles
The S-19 Boost Guidance System is covered, as well as attitude instrumentation systems, transmitters, command systems, telemetry antennas, instrumentation and experiment power supplies, in-flight event timing systems, tracking systems, mechanical systems and mechanisms, recovery systems, high altitude decelerators, and attitude control systems.

A whole chapter is devoted to the NASA Fine-Pointed Rocket Payloads (better known as the Solar Pointing Aerobee Rocket Control System, or SPARCS).  There's also a big chapter on ground and flight safety!

The NASA Wallops Flight Facility is detailed (an entire chapter for this key rocket science test range), and many pages are devoted to descriptions of White Sands Missile Range, Poker Flat Research Range, Andøya Rocket Range (Norway), and Esrange (Sweden).  You'll find photos of all of these important places, together with info on local area accommodations and features.

Following the main book there are 13 thick appendices, giving forms for investigator's data package conferences and reviews; post-flight report outlines; specs for the various PCM/FM and FM/FM telemetry systems; battery comparisons and performance data; details for the Aerojet Mark VI, Magnetic ACS, Space Vector System, and Rate Control System attitude control systems; radar data format, mission manager and support sections, and much, much more.

If you build model rockets, the drawings and photos provide exceptional reference materials for improving your designs.  If you design experimental rockets, the engineering data is a gold mine of rare information.  If you study high-altitude atmospheric science, this book gives you a wealth of esoteric lore not to be found elsewhere.  And if you just "like rockets," the photos and drawings are enough to merit purchasing the book.

The book's contents show the scope and depth of material:

No other rocket science and engineering book anywhere is quite like this one!

Typical illustrations from the book (smaller than actual size)

This text is a very limited edition, so don't miss this unique chance to get your copy before they're gone.  It's sharp, and clearly printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, 24-pound, acid-free paper for years of reference use.  220 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. 


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