By A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Beginning with international struggle II, missiles remodeled the artwork of struggle. For the 1st time, towns of warring international locations have been liable to unexpected, unannounced, long-distance destruction. whilst, rockets made attainable one of many nice triumphs of the fashionable age―the exploration of area. Rockets and Missiles strains the historical past of the know-how that resulted in both the nice worry of worldwide battle, and the nice pleasure of the gap Age. starting with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early sleek Asia, the quantity makes a speciality of rocketry in late-20th-century Western Europe, Russia, and the U.S., and likewise covers the unfold of rocket expertise in East Asia, the center East, and elsewhere.
Rockets and Missiles covers every thing any pupil or layperson would have to comprehend the heritage of rocketry. The creation stories uncomplicated ideas of physics and easy parts of chemical rocket know-how. Chapters hint the historical past of rockets from their origins to the current day, with a selected emphasis at the years because international battle II. All 3 relevant makes use of of rocket know-how are lined intimately: missiles as long-range strategic guns and short-range tactical guns, and rockets as release autos for sending payloads into house The e-book concludes with a survey of different types of non-chemical rockets now below improvement to be used in outer area. whereas Rockets and Missiles covers the improvement of the expertise, together with how rockets superior in functionality, reliability, and flexibility. The ebook additionally stresses the effect of rocket technology―both army and civilian―on daily life.
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