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Updated & New Books Listed:  26 Jan 2013

Jet Propulsion.  A classic, historical report--one of the very first--from the then-new Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Guggenheim Aeronautical Lab at Cal Tech (GALCIT).  Pulsejet engine theory, based upon investigations of the German V-1 cruise missile.  Very hard to find and now long out-of-print.  24 pages.  ISBN 1-878628-17-8.  $19.95. Book reviewed here 

Bell Aerospace Patent: Personnel Propulsion Unit ("Rocket Belt Pack").  U.S. Patent by John K. Hulbert and Wendell F. Moore.  Engineering details for this extraordinary rocket belt.  An unusual and exceptional reference resource for the rocket scientist, engineer, and technician--professional or "amateur."  15 pages, $14.95.  

Russian Pulsejet Engines and Pulsejet-Powered Model Airplanes: 1948 - 1958.  Vyacheslav Borodin.  The most complete text we've ever seen about small pulse-jet engines for model airplanes, racing cars, and boats. It's written in Russian, but don't let that stop you: the drawings, tables, charts, and plans are worth the price of the book.  Covers all aspects of pulse jet reaction engines, with exceptionally detailed plans, engineering drawings, graphs, tables, and charts for several models and their component parts.  Includes both design theory (with all the key pulse cycle formulas and mathematical equations) and practical fabrication descriptions.  specifications and fine engineering drawings for many Russian, Japanese, US, and other European engines--with dimensions, performance tables, fuel tanks and fuel feed schematics).  103 pages, $21.95.  

Tests of Thrust Augmentors for Jet Propulsion.  Eastman N. Jacobs and James M. Shoemaker, Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory; National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor to NASA.  A rare technical report of special value to jet propulsion and aircraft engineers, designers, and experimental engine developers, both "amateur" and professional. Useful for "hands-on" experimental work for Jetex aeromodel design, using thrust augmenters for increased performance of model airplanes, model racing cars, and model racing boats.  Also an exceptional reference resource for developers of aircraft jet engines, as well as pulse jets, gas turbines, and turbojets.  Shows the NACA setup for testing thrust augmentation, and includes drawings of thrust chamber, nozzle, and Melot-type augmentors.  10 pages, $4.95. 

Lubrication of Space Systems.  Robert L. Fusaro, NASA Lewis Research Center.  This tribology technical report is dedicated to the study of "lubricants of the future," as required for the advanced mechanical moving components of space stations, Earth-observing satellites, space telescopes, and planetary orbiters.  Details about state-of-the-art lubricating liquids, greases, and solids.  28 pages, $14.95.  

Liquid Lubricants for Advanced Aircraft Engines.  William R. Loomis and Robert L. Fusaro, NASA Lewis Research Center.  This NASA tribology technical report is dedicated to the study of liquid lubricants for high-performance engines.  It reviews chemical and physical properties, with special emphasis on oxidation and thermal stability, especiall for oils that must operate in engines at Mach 2.5 to 3, at temperatures of 204ºC (400ºF) to about 260ºC (500ºF).  The book explains how to overcome problems of lubricant oxidation, thermal instability, high volatility, and high pour points for low-temperature starting.  28 pages, $14.95. 

Self-Lubricating Polymer Lubrication for Space Applications.  Robert L. Fusaro, NASA Lewis Research Center.  Surveys the various polymers and fillers used to make self-lubricating composites.  It also delves into the mechanisms of composite lubrication and wear, the theory behind transfer film lubricating mechanisms, and the factors which affect polymer composite wear and transfer.  48 pages, $19.95. 

Tests of a 22-Inch-Diameter Pulse-Jet Engine.  National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor to NASA.  A rare collection of special value to pulsejet engineers, designers, and experimental engine developers, both "amateur" and professional.  Quite valuable for "hands-on" experimental work, and exceptional reference resources for developers of pulsejet engines, as well as ram jets, gas turbines, and turbojets.  Many engineering drawings, graphs, tables, and charts of design and performance data that can't be found elsewhere, including early U.S. experimental pulse jet engines similar to those of the original German V-1 Schmidt-Argus cruise missile powerplants.  These documents were long classified ("Confidential") military secrets!  If you fly a Dyna-Jet or any similar pulsejet-powered model airplane, this book will provide a lot of technical information to supplement your knowledge.  (The NACA pulsejet engine tests are simply large-scale experiments with engines very similar in design and function to that of the DynaJet, MEW, Tiger-Jet, SilverJet, MiniJet, and other smaller "explosion pulse-cycle" engines.)  It will also give you many hints on getting the highest performance from your aeromodel powerplant.  140 pages, $24.95

Performance of a Ram-Jet-Type Combustor with Flame Holders Immersed in the Combustion Zone.  Roland Breitwieser, Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor to NASA.  An exceptional reference resource for developers of ramjet engines, as well as pulse jets, gas turbines, and turbojets.  Contains many engineering drawings and graphs of design and performance data that can't be found elsewhere--these are extremely useful for "build-it-yourself" enthusiasts.   Many vital graphs of ramjet performance data.  50 pages, $19.95. 

Big Dumb Boosters: A Low-Cost Space Transportation Option?  International Security & Commerce Program, Office of Technology Assessment.  This book describes and examines a launch vehicle concept commonly known as the "Big Dumb Booster," a concept to minimize costs of space launch systems.  Low-cost space transportation is one of the keys to more effective exploration and exploitation of outer space.  This document examines a wide variety of ideas to reduce these costs.  Written by industry and government aerospace experts, it describes a wide variety of concepts for low-cost launch vehicles, especially those that use "low technology" approaches to engines and propellant tanks in the booster stage.  The text focuses on the design of launch systems for minimum cost by using simplified subsystems.  31 pages, $14.95.  

Black Magic and Gremlins: Analog Flight Simulations at NASA's Flight Simulation Center.  Gene L. Waltman, NASA History Division.  The single most  comprehensive  and  complete text ever written about the history of flight simulators.  The book is a first-hand account of the history of the Flight Research Center (FRC) Simulation Laboratory (FSL), describing the development of experimental flight-test simulators and the rapid evolution of the computers that run them.  A true masterwork that covers every aspect of the design and engineering of NASA's first flight simulators.  From early experiments less than a year after World War II, to the Boolean-logic digital, real-time systems of 2000, this thick book tells their complete history.  243 pages, $29.95.  

A History of NASA's Pioneering Digital Fly-By-Wire Project.  James E. Tomayko.  Covers the entire history of NASA's F-8 digital flight project, from the first F-8C flight at Edwards Air Force Base in May 1972.  It provides many insights into the nature of flight, and the problems of using advanced digital controls.  197 pages, $24.95. 

NASA Spaceborne Digital Computer Systems.  Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, Aerospace Systems Inc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Intermetrics Inc., and Aerospace Systems, Inc.  Explains and discusses system architecture, computational capability (precision, speed, throughput, memory capacity, input/output capability, instruction repertoir), adaptability (expandability, flexibility, compatibility), provisions for interface with other components, software (support, applications programs, ease of programming), cost (money, power, weight, volume, time), reliability (fault tolerance, failure rate, redundancy, easy of checkout), environment (temperature, shock and vibration, electromagnetic and nuclear radiation, noise, power flucutations), packaging and cabling design.  An exceptional resource for hard-to-find specifications and data on early NASA computer systems.  Originally published in March 1971.  83 pages, $16.85.  

Hovering Performance of Jet-Propulsion Engine Helicopters.  Virginia L. Brightwell, Max D. Peters, and J.C. Sanders, Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory; National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor to NASA.  A rare technical report is of special value to jet propulsion and aircraft engineers, designers, and experimental engine developers, both "amateur" and professional.  An exceptional reference resource for developers of aircraft jet engines--ramjets, pulse jets, gas turbines, and turbojets.  Describes in great detail an extensive research and development program for helicopters powered by ramjet and pulsejet engines, immediately after World War II.  Shows how jet-propelled helicopters can lift greater disposable loads, and have other distinct advantages.  41 pages, $19.95.

Robert H. Goddard's Masters Thesis: Theory of Diffraction (1910).  Robert Hutchings Goddard.  Covers light, shadows, the Fraunhofer diffraction phenomena, Babinet's principle, apertures of various sizes and shapes, screens, diffraction gratings, Fresnel diffraction phenomena, Summerfeld's Treatment, and applications to a perfectly reflecting body.  Written in his own hand, with many detailed (and hand-drawn) illustrations, this book is a most interesting read for everyone interested in the science of light.  70 pages, $19.95.  

Robert H. Goddard's Doctoral Dissertation: Conduction of Electricity (1912).  Robert Hutchings Goddard.  Covers the resistance to the flow of current across the contact of dissimilar solids.  Using rare minerals and metal alloys, Goddard experimented extensively with this unusual phenomenon.  This book describes his experiments with carbon, tellurium, silicon, galena, magnetite, aluminum, copper, lead, silver, and many other substances.  He shows how permanent changes of conductance occur, the effects with large currents, and discusses his microscopic examinations during the passage of large currents (which produce various light effects and sparks).  31 pages, $19.95. 

U.S. Government Records Concerning the 1947 Crash Near Roswell, New Mexico.  United States General Accounting Office, National Security and International Affairs Division.  Report to the Honorable Steven H. Schiff, House of Representatives.  This official report--by the Director of National Security Analysis--is considered the most complete ever made by the U.S. Government on this case.  It examines a wide range of classified documents dating from July 1947 through the 1950s.  These records came from numerous organizations in New Mexico and elsewhere throughout the Department of Defense, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Security Council.  Includes copies of important letters from the National Security Council, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of Energy, the CIA, the Department of Defense, and the FBI.  20 pages, $19.95. 

The History of the XV-15 Tilt Rotor Research Aircraft from Concept to Flight.  Martin D. Maisel, Demo J. Giulianetti, Daniel C. Duga.  Complete and detailed history of NASA's VTOL projects.  219 pages, $29.95. 

NASA Spacecraft Solar Cell Arrays.  NASA Office of Advanced Research and Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), ComSat Labs, TRW Systems Group, The Boeing Company, Heliotek, and RCA.  Covers "State of the Art," design criteria, and recommended practices, presenting existing successful design techniques and practices then used in the majority of flight programs.  Chronicles the use of solar cells in spacecraft, beginning with Vanguard 1 and Explorer 6.  Explains solar cell output as a function of time, and tells how solar cells are fabricated from raw materials and made into interconnected units.  Covers the process of energy conversion by solar cells, effects of light wavelength, electrical output, and the effects of cell thickness and area.  Goes into the many effects of space environment: intensity of illumination, effect of temperature, effects of energetic particles.  Then investigates solar cell protective covers and coatings, and various adhesives and their best application (RTVs, Sylgard, and others).  Explains the best ways to mount solar cells, construction of solar paddles, orienting solar cell arrays in space, interconnections, and electrical characteristics of arrays.  Compares (in technical tables) the specifications and performance of many satellite and space systems arrays.  Loaded with excellent technical drawings, charts, graphs, and illustrations.  54 pages, $19.95. 


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