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Rocket Science

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Product Description

Reference on real rocket science and its applications in the hobby.

by Dave Ketchledge
  • CD book on two discs, PDF Format (text) plus executable files
  • 920 pages
  • Over 500 photos and diagrams
  • ISBN 978-0-9707604-6-3

Disc One

  • College-level treatment of the engineering principles behind real “Rocket Science”
  • Application chapters on Payloads, Telemetry, Radio Control
  • Discussion of many software applications available
  • Design discussion on High Power Hobby Rocketry
  • Survey of Regulations and Regulatory Organizations
  • Discussion of technologies and projects on the cutting edge including a separate chapter on Reusable Launch Vehicles
  • CD “Extras” include image files in their native format and over 1,200 pages of original source documents

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

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  1. Not worth $40 2 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

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