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History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (e-book)

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#1 Shadowalker

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

PDF Link here

A well-written history of rocket engine propellants up to 1971. Most of them are still in use today. I can't think of any not covered.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:54 PM

From the description: "A mixture of chemistry, humor, and history centering around postwar American developments in the field of liquid rocket propellants."

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 12:55 PM

And here is a link to an entire library of science e-books certain to be of interest here.

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Posted 15 April 2013 - 01:38 PM

A *wonderful* book which is extremely entertaining!!

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 10:32 AM

searching the PDF for "Isolde" and "mercaptan" confirmed that I remember this book from high school library... an exciting read with new vocabulary: specific impulse, hypergols, mercaptans etc.

My chemistry teacher back then explained that mercaptans contain sulfur, and cautioned that not all careers in the chemistry field were like the author's.

Still a good read today, and puts me in mind of the 'rocket gardens' at White Sands Missile range or NASA facilities showing the immediate results of all those '50s and '60s labors - and add appreciation to the images from across the solar system thanks to their descendents.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:13 PM

Thanks! If the preface is any indication it should be a fun read.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 03:56 PM

It was indeed a fun read.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:44 PM

Quite a fun book to read.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 05:20 PM

Rocketfuel Cocktail Ingredients

icon 1 measure vodka
icon 1 measure gin
icon 1 measure white rum
icon 1 measure Orange Liqueur
icon 1 can (500ml) dry cider
icon 4 measures blackcurrant cordial

Pesse (I found this pretty potent) Mist

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:25 AM

I'm gonna try that.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:01 PM

It's rocket science! Very interesting.






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