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No one can watch the launching of the space shuttle without feeling a sense of pride and respect for the men and women who make such a marvelous feat possible. The launching of today's manned and unmanned rockets is the result of decades of research and experimentation. Much of the knowledge that launches today's vehicles comes from men and women who began their careers as backyard amateur rocket scientists. This booklet is prepared for people -- people who have an earnest desire to learn and experiment, not those who simply love explosions or to flirt with danger.
So, this book is for serious amateur rocket experimenters and yes, dreamers. But it is not for fools. Before you begain any experiment in this book, you must develop a healthy respect for the science of amateur rocketry and the harm that misguided or careless experimentation can cause.
As an amateur rocket experimenter, you may follow in the footsteps of Goddard and Van Braun. You may, in your experiments, discover any number of improvements that make a significant contribution to the science of rocketry.
About the Author
James A. Prentice began building rockets while still in high school having developed an interest in them at an early age. He was educated at Georgia Institute of Technology in the field of Mechanical Engineering. After his formal schooling he served ten years in the United States Marine Corps where his training was in munitions and explosives. Since 1991, James has been researchin, designing, and developing hybrid rocket motors and launch systems. His hybrid fuel research has been the primary reason for his renowned reputation in the field of hybrid propulsion. His research program has focused on cryogenic flow dynamics, cold flow testing, burn analysis, and combustion stability flow testing. James has more than 15 years experience in the military and commercial missle and rocket system arena as an engineer, researcher, and ordinance handler. He recieved formal training at various well known centers for missle and rocket technology including Redstone Arsenal, China Lake Naval Weapons Test Center, and White Sands Missle Range.
Updated: January 27, 2008