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Ten Classic Textbooks About Rocket Science, Engineering & Technology
Selected by Dr. Edward Jones, co-founder of the Rocket Science Institute
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Updated: 10 February 2013

Dr Edward Jones, co-founder of the Rocket Science Institute, has suggested ten classic textbooks of special value as learning and reference resources. These documents, though dated and hard-to-find, remain solid handbooks of accurate, timeless information and data.  Each of these books has proven it's value and utility for thousands of advanced students and professionals, over the course of several decades. They remain among the best texts for amateur experimenters.

Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines (Dieter K. Huzel and David H. Huang)

The single most  comprehensive  and  complete  text ever written about the subject. A true masterwork that covers every aspect of the design and engineering of liquid propellant rocket engines, written by two of the world's most respected scientists, on a special contract for NASA. This is today's most widely used textbook on the subject, with far more material (and in far more detail) than George P. Sutton's classic "Rocket Propulsion Elements." If you're interested in serious learning on this topic, here is the one book you'll need.  It collects the decades of experience and knowledge accumulated in military and aerospace development and operational programs.  This is a systematic presentation of the large (and previously loosely-organized) body of existing successful design techniques and practices.  Its value and merit are obvious--these rocket engines work: they've sent men to the Moon, satellites into orbit, Space Shuttles to the International Space Station, and space exploration vehicles to Mars and beyond! The foreword is by Wernher von Braun (former Director, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA).  Contents include details about virtually every kind of modern liquid propellant rocket propulsion system.

Chemistry of Powder and Explosives (Tenney L Davis)
Solid Propellant Selection and Characterization (NASA)
Safety Manual For (Dr Edward Jones)
Amateur Rocket Motor Construction (David Sleeter)
Rocket Propulsion Elements (George P Sutton)
Air Force Guided Missiles
US Navy Guided Missiles
The Rocket Motor (Zukrow)
Advanced Nitrate-type Solid Propellants (Dr James Taylor)

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