By A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Beginning with global warfare II, missiles remodeled the paintings of conflict. For the 1st time, towns of warring international locations have been susceptible to unexpected, unannounced, long-distance destruction. while, rockets made attainable one of many nice triumphs of the fashionable age―the exploration of area. Rockets and Missiles lines the historical past of the expertise that ended in both the nice worry of world struggle, and the good pleasure of the gap Age. starting with the origins of rocketry in medieval and early glossy Asia, the quantity specializes in rocketry in late-20th-century Western Europe, Russia, and the USA, and in addition covers the unfold of rocket know-how in East Asia, the center East, and elsewhere.
Rockets and Missiles covers every thing any scholar or layperson would have to comprehend the historical past of rocketry. The creation experiences uncomplicated rules of physics and simple parts of chemical rocket expertise. Chapters hint the background of rockets from their origins to the current day, with a selected emphasis at the years considering that international conflict II. All 3 crucial makes use of of rocket expertise are coated intimately: missiles as long-range strategic guns and short-range tactical guns, and rockets as release cars for sending payloads into area The booklet concludes with a survey of various kinds of non-chemical rockets now less than improvement to be used in outer area. whereas Rockets and Missiles covers the improvement of the know-how, together with how rockets more advantageous in functionality, reliability, and flexibility. The ebook additionally stresses the impression of rocket technology―both army and civilian―on daily life.
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