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Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 Let’s Fly Some Rockets!

    1. Shopping List

    2. The Match Head Rocket

    3. Balloon Rockets

    4. Air Rockets

  2. Chapter 2 Model Rocketry Today

    1. The Five Faces of Hobby Rockets

    2. Solid Propellant Rocket Motors

    3. A Typical Model Rocket and Its Flight

    4. Let’s Get Started!

  3. Chapter 3 Juno: A Solid Propellant Rocket

    1. Parts and Tools

    2. Building the Rocket

    3. Options

  4. Chapter 4 Launch Pads

    1. What Makes a Good Launcher?

    2. A Quick Lesson in Igniters

    3. The Mono Launcher

    4. The Mono Launch Controller

    5. The Quad Launch Pad

    6. The Quad Launch Controller

  5. Chapter 5 Flight Operations

    1. Picking a Launch Site

    2. Packing for the Launch

    3. Range Operations

    4. Site Setup

    5. Preparing the Rocket

    6. The Launch

    7. Recovery

  6. Chapter 6 Compressed Air Rockets

    1. Building an Air Rocket Launcher

    2. Building Ballistic Air Rockets

    3. Flying Air Rockets

  7. Chapter 7 Rocket Stability

    1. What Is Stability?

    2. Experimenting with Stability

    3. Checking Stability with the String Method

    4. Checking Stability Experimentally

    5. Checking Stability with Math

    6. Further Reading

  8. Chapter 8 How High Did It Go?

    1. The Single-Axis Tracker

    2. Dual-Axis Tracking

    3. Altimeters

    4. Comparing the Methods

  9. Chapter 9 Payloads

    1. Liftoff Weight

    2. Juno Payload Conversion

    3. The Ceres Payload Rocket

    4. The Ceres A Booster

    5. The Ceres B Booster

    6. The Thin Man and ICU Payload Bays

    7. The Fat Man Payload Bay

    8. The Over Easy Payload Bay

    9. The ICU2 Payload Bay

  10. Chapter 10 Selecting Parachutes and Streamers

    1. How Fast Should a Rocket Fall?

    2. Streamers Versus Parachutes

    3. Streamer Design

    4. Thoughts on Parachute Material

    5. Parachute Selection Tables

    6. Parachute Physics

  11. Chapter 11 Water Rockets

    1. The Launcher

    2. Themis: A Ballistic Water Rocket

    3. Flying Water Rockets

  12. Chapter 12 Parachute Recovery of a Water Rocket

    1. Building the Water Rocket Parachute System

    2. Flying Themis with a Parachute

  13. Chapter 13 Subsonic Aerodynamics

    1. Reynolds Number and Viscosity

    2. Mach Number

    3. High Reynolds Number Drag

    4. Kind of a Drag: The Three Types of Drag

    5. The Importance of Streamlining

    6. Understanding and Reducing Drag on a Model Rocket

    7. Example: The Coefficient of Drag for Juno

    8. Further Reading

  14. Chapter 14 How High Will It Go?

    1. Predicting Altitude Using Physics

    2. Predicting Altitude with a Rocket Simulator

    3. Comparing Simulators to Flight Data

  15. Chapter 15 Minimum-Diameter Rockets

    1. Hebe: Skinny Rockets Fly Faster and Higher

  16. Chapter 16 Mini-Rockets

    1. Toutatis: The Powerful Midget Rocket

    2. Eros: A Small Rocket That Flies High

  17. Chapter 17 Multistage Rockets

    1. The Two-Stage Romulus

  18. Chapter 18 Cluster Rockets

    1. Things to Consider When Clustering Rockets

    2. The Three-Motor Cerberus

    3. The Ceres C Booster

  19. Chapter 19 Helicopter Recovery

    1. Nicomachus

  20. Chapter 20 Rocket and Boost Gliders

    1. Rocket-Powered Aircraft

    2. Icarus

    3. More About Rocket Gliders

  21. Chapter 21 Air Rocket Glider

    1. Daedalus

  22. Chapter 22 Rocket Clubs and Contests

    1. National Association of Rocketry (NAR)

    2. Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA)

    3. Local Clubs

    4. Canadian Association of Rocketry (CAR)

    5. Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

  23. Chapter 23 Onward and Upward

    1. Reloadable Motors

    2. Designing Your Own Rockets

    3. Odd Rockets

    4. The Outer Limits

  24. Appendix Programs from the Book

    1. Juno Simulation

    2. SRockS

    3. Theodolite

  25. Appendix Places to Buy Stuff or Find Information

    1. Model Rocket Parts and Supplies

    2. Clubs and Information Websites

    3. Electronics Parts and Supplies

    4. General Supplies and Hardware

  26. Appendix The Projects in This Book

    1. The Rockets

    2. The Launch Pads

    3. Trackers

    4. Science and Math

  27. Appendix The NAR Model Rocket Safety Code