Disc Two – “Orbiter,” a full featured flight simulator
Lots of books claim to be "rocket science" but this is the real deal. This massive work is the outgrowth of two of David Ketchledge's earlier works, an article on "Vertical Trajectory Systems" in the Tripoli journal, High Power Rocketry, and David's earlier book, The Next Shuttle.
In its 920 pages, Dave covers vehicle basics (nozzle thermodynamics, aerodynamics, structural strength), performance basics (flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, aerothermodynamics) and applications with an eye to the hobby (HP rocket design, guidance systems, payloads and telemetry, radio control).
He then devotes two chapters to current "cutting edge" vehicle development programs, and the latest research into Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV). And if that's not enough, there are over 1,000 pages of source reference documents included!
To try your hand at piloting, a full featured flight simulator is included that will let you fly a variety of air and spacecraft on the Earth and around the Solar System.
This work is destined to become the standard reference for professionals and hobbyists alike.
Chapter 1 – Propulsion
Chapter 2 – Aerodynamics
Chapter 3 – Flight Mechanics
Chapter 4 – Guidance Design
Chapter 5 – Payloads and Telemetry
Chapter 6 – Structural Design
Chapter 7 – Radio Control
Chapter 8 – Software Applications
Chapter 9 – High Power Rocketry Design
Chapter 10 – Aerothermodynamics
Chapter 11 – Orbital Mechanics
Chapter 12 – Organizations and Regulations
Chapter 13 – On the Cutting Edge
Chapter 14 – Reusable Launch Vehicle Development
Chapter 15 – References: Internet Sources and Books
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Nov 2017
I haven't had a chance to flip through everything in here yet. One thing this book does have going for it is shear volume of content. The formatting is poor and a ton of things are scanned in from other sources. I think if you're going to charge $40 for a book based on other sources the least you could do is reformat so it at least looks like a unified document. Also it only comes on CDs. By the way, 2009 called. Don't worry, I tried to warn them about the earthquakes and tsunami. But seriously, a digital download would be so much more convenient
The second disk that comes with this is Orbiter 2005 or so. You can download Orbiter 2016 faster and easier than installing this from CD.
Bottom line, I'd pay maybe $20 for this, but I wouldn't pay $40 again. I'm sure there's a lot of great stuff and I'm excited to dig in, but this is a hefty price.