|About the Book|
No one can watch the launching of the space shuttle withoutfeeling a sense ofpride and respect for the men and women who make such a marvelous featpossible. The launching of todays manned and unmanned rockets is theresult of decades of research and experimentation. Much of the knowledgethat launches todays vehicles comes from men and women who began theircareers as backyard amateur rocket scientists. This booklet is preparedfor people -- people who have an earnest desire to learn and experiment,not those who simply love explosions or to flirt with danger. So, thisbook is for serious amateur rocket experimentersand yes, dreamers. But it is not for fools. Before you begain anyexperiment in this book, you must develop a healthy respect for thescience of amateur rocketry and the harm that misguided or carelessexperimentation can cause. As an amateur rocket experimenter, you mayfollow in the footsteps of Goddard and Van Braun. You may, in yourexperiments, discover any number of improvements that make asignificant contribution to the science of rocketry.About the Author:James A. Prentice began building rockets while still in highschool having developed an interest in them at an early age. He waseducated at Georgia Institute of Technology in the field of MechanicalEngineering. After his formal schooling he served ten years in theUnited States Marine Corps where his training was in munitions andexplosives. Since 1991, James has been researchin, designing, anddeveloping hybrid rocket motors and launch systems. His hybrid fuelresearch has been the primary reason for his renowned reputation in thefield of hybrid propulsion. His research program has focused oncryogenic flow dynamics, cold flow testing,burn analysis, and combustion stability flow testing. James has morethan 15 years experience in the military and commercial missle androcket system arena as an engineer, researcher, and ordinance handler.He recieved formal training at various well known centers for missle androcket technology including Redstone Arsenal, China Lake Naval WeaponsTest Center, and White Sands Missle Range.