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combustion chambers and expansion nozzles accelerates the gas to extremely high speed and exerts a large reactive thrust on the rocket (since every action has an equal and opposite reaction). The history of rockets goes back to at least the 13th century, and military and recreational display use dates from that time.[1] Widespread military, scientific, and industrial use did not occur until the 20th century, when rocketry was the enabling technology of the Space Age, with man visiting the moon. Rockets are used for fireworks and weaponry, ejection seats and launch vehicles for artificial satellites, human spaceflight and exploration of other planets. While inefficient for low speed use, they are, compared to other propulsion systems, very lightweight and powerful, capable of generating large accelerations and of attaining extremely high speeds with reasonable efficiency. Chemical rockets store a large amount of energy in an easily-released form, and can be very dangerous. However, careful design, testing, construction, and use minimizes risks.

A Soyuz rocket, at Baikonur launch pad.

History of rockets
See also: Timeline of rocket and missile technology

In antiquity
The availability of black powder (gunpowder) to propel projectiles was a precursor to the development of the first solid rocket. Ninth Century Chinese Taoist alchemists discovered black powder while searching for the Elixir of life; this accidental discovery led to experiments in the form of weapons such as bombs, cannon, incendiary fire arrows and rocket-propelled fire arrows. Exactly when the first flights of rockets occurred is contested. Some say that the first recorded use of a rocket in battle was by the Chinese in 1232 against the Mongol hordes. There were reports of fire arrows and ’iron pots’ that could be heard for 5 leagues

Early Chinese rocket. A rocket or rocket vehicle is a missile, aircraft or other vehicle which obtains thrust by the reaction of the rocket to the ejection of fast moving fluid exhaust from a rocket engine. Chemical rockets create their exhaust by the combustion of rocket propellant. The action of the exhaust against the inside of


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(25 km, or 15 miles) when they exploded upon impact, causing devastation for a radius of 600 meters (2,000 feet), apparently due to shrapnel.[2] The lowering of the iron pots may have been a way for a besieged army to blow up invaders. The fire arrows were either arrows with explosives attached, or arrows propelled by gunpowder, such as the Korean Hwacha.[3] Less controversially, one of the earliest devices recorded that used internal-combustion rocket propulsion was the ’ground-rat,’ a type of firework, recorded in 1264 as having frightened the Empress-Mother Kung Sheng at a feast held in her honor by her son the Emperor Lizong.[4] Subsequently, one of the earliest texts to mention the use of rockets was the Huolongjing, written by the Chinese artillery officer Jiao Yu in the mid-14th century. This text also mentioned the use of the first known multistage rocket, the ’fire-dragon issuing from the water’ (huo long chu shui), used mostly by the Chinese navy.[5]

Rocket technology first became known to Europeans following its use by the Mongols Genghis Khan and Ögedei Khan when they conquered parts of Russia, Eastern, and Central Europe. The Mongolians had acquired the Chinese technology by conquest of the northern part of China and also by the subsequent employment of Chinese rocketry experts as mercenaries for the Mongol military. Reports of the Battle of Sejo in the year 1241 describe the use of rocket-like weapons by the Mongols against the Magyars.[6] Rocket technology also spread to Korea, with the 15th century wheeled hwacha that would launch singijeon rockets. Additionally, the spread of rockets into Europe was also influenced by the Ottomans at the siege of Constantinople in 1453, although it is very likely that the Ottomans themselves were influenced by the Mongol invasions of the previous few centuries. In their history of rockets published on the Internet, NASA says "Rockets appear in Arab literature in 1258 A.D., describing Mongol invaders’ use of them on February 15 to capture the city of Baghdad."[6] Between 1270 and 1280, Hasan alRammah wrote al-furusiyyah wa al-manasib al-harbiyya (The Book of Military Horsemanship and Ingenious War Devices), which included 107 gunpowder recipes, 22 of which are for rockets.[7] According to Ahmad Y Hassan, al-Rammah’s recipes were more explosive than rockets used in China at the time.[8] The name Rocket comes from the Italian Rocchetta (i.e. little fuse), a name of a small firecracker created by the Italian artificer Muratori in 1379.[9] Between 1529 and 1556 Conrad Haas wrote a book that described the concept of multi-stage rockets. "Artis Magnae Artilleriae pars prima" ("Great Art of Artillery, the First Part", also known as "The Complete Art of Artillery"), first printed in Amsterdam in 1650, was translated to French in 1651, German in 1676, English and Dutch in 1729 and Polish in 1963. For over two centuries, this work of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth nobleman Kazimierz Siemienowicz[10] was used in Europe as a basic artillery manual. The book provided the standard designs for creating rockets, fireballs, and other pyrotechnic devices. It contained a large chapter on caliber, construction, production and

Spread of rocket technology

Genghis Khan’s Mongols spread Chinese technology


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properties of rockets (for both military and civil purposes), including multi-stage rockets, batteries of rockets, and rockets with delta wing stabilizers (instead of the common guiding rods). In 1792, iron-cased rockets were successfully used militarily by Tipu Sultan, Ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India against the larger British East India Company forces during the Anglo-Mysore Wars. The British then took an active interest in the technology and developed it further during the 19th century.

by attaching a long stick to the end of a rocket (similar to modern bottle rockets) to make it harder for the rocket to change course. The largest of the Congreve rockets was the 32-pound (14.5 kg) Carcass, which had a 15-foot (4.6 m) stick. Originally, sticks were mounted on the side, but this was later changed to mounting in the center of the rocket, reducing drag and enabling the rocket to be more accurately fired from a segment of pipe. The accuracy problem was mostly solved in 1844 when William Hale[15] modified the rocket design so that thrust was slightly vectored, causing the rocket to spin along its axis of travel like a bullet. The Hale rocket removed the need for a rocket stick, travelled further due to reduced air resistance, and was far more accurate.

Accuracy of early rockets

Theories of interplanetary rocketry

The Congreve rocket The major figure in the field at this time became William Congreve, son of the Comptroller of the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London.[11] From 1801, Congreve set on a vigorous research and development program at the Arsenal’s laboratory. Congreve prepared a new propellant mixture, and developed a rocket motor with a strong iron tube with conical nose, weighing about 32 pounds (14.5 kilograms). The Royal Arsenal’s first demonstration of solid fuel rockets was in 1805. The rockets were effectively used during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. Congreve published three books on rocketry.[12] From there, the use of military rockets spread throughout Europe. At the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, the rockets fired on Fort McHenry by the rocket vessel HMS Erebus were the source of the rockets’ red glare described by Francis Scott Key in The StarSpangled Banner.[13] Rockets were also used in the Battle of Waterloo.[14] Early rockets were very inaccurate. Without the use of spinning or any gimballing of the thrust, they had a strong tendency to veer sharply off course. The early British Congreve rockets[11] reduced this somewhat

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky published the first work on space travel In 1903, high school mathematics teacher Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857–1935) published Исследование мировых пространств реактивными приборами[16] (The Exploration of Cosmic Space by Means of Reaction Devices), the first serious scientific work on space travel. The Tsiolkovsky rocket equation—the principle that governs rocket propulsion—is named in his honor (although it had been discovered


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previously[17]). He also advocated the use of liquid hydrogen and oxygen as fuel, calculating their maximum exhaust velocity. His work was essentially unknown outside the Soviet Union, but inside the country it inspired further research, experimentation and the formation of the Society for Studies of Interplanetary Travel in 1924. In 1912, Robert Esnault-Pelterie published a lecture on rocket theory and interplanetary travel. He independently derived Tsiolkovsky’s rocket equation, did basic calculations about the energy required to make round trips to the Moon and planets, and he proposed the use of atomic power (i.e. Radium) to power a jet drive.

In 1920, Goddard published these ideas and experimental results in A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes.[19] The work included remarks about sending a solid-fuel rocket to the Moon, which attracted worldwide attention and was both praised and ridiculed. A New York Times editorial suggested that Professor Goddard: "does not know of the relation of action to reaction, and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react"[20] In 1923, Hermann Oberth[21] (1894–1989) published Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen ("The Rocket into Planetary Space"), a version of his doctoral thesis, after the University of Munich rejected it. In 1924, Tsiolkovsky also wrote about multi-stage rockets, in ’Cosmic Rocket Trains’[22]

Modern rocketry
Pre-World War II

Robert Goddard Robert Goddard began a serious analysis of rockets in 1912, concluding that conventional solid-fuel rockets needed to be improved in three ways. First, fuel should be burned in a small combustion chamber, instead of building the entire propellant container to withstand the high pressures. Second, rockets could be arranged in stages. And third, the exhaust speed (and thus the efficiency) could be greatly increased to beyond the speed of sound by using a De Laval nozzle. He patented these concepts in 1914.[18] He, also, independently developed the mathematics of rocket flight.

Robert Goddard and the first liquid-fueled rocket. Modern rockets were born when Goddard attached a supersonic (de Laval) nozzle to a liquid-fueled rocket engine’s combustion chamber. These nozzles turn the hot gas from the combustion chamber into a cooler, hypersonic, highly directed jet of gas, more than doubling the thrust and raising the engine


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efficiency from 2% to 64%.[23][24] In 1926, Robert Goddard launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Massachusetts.

From 1931 to 1937, the most extensive scientific work on rocket engine design occurred in Leningrad, at the Gas Dynamics Laboratory. Well-funded and staffed, over 100 experimental engines were built under the direction of Valentin Glushko. The work included regenerative cooling, hypergolic propellant ignition, and fuel injector designs that included swirling and bi-propellant mixing injectors. However, the work was curtailed by Glushko’s arrest during Stalinist purges in 1938. Similar work was also done by the Austrian professor Eugen Sänger who worked on rocket powered spaceplanes such as Silbervogel (sometimes called the ’antipodal’ bomber.)[26] On November 12, 1932 at a farm in Stockton NJ, the American Interplanetary Society’s attempt to static fire their first rocket (based on German Rocket Society designs) fails in a fire.[27] In 1932, the Reichswehr (which in 1935 became the Wehrmacht) began to take an interest in rocketry. Artillery restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles limited Germany’s access to long distance weaponry. Seeing the possibility of using rockets as long-range artillery fire, the Wehrmacht initially funded the VfR team, but seeing that their focus was strictly scientific, created its own research team. At the behest of military leaders, Wernher von Braun, at the time a young aspiring rocket scientist, joined the military (followed by two former VfR members) and developed long-range weapons for use in World War II by Nazi Germany.[28]

Hermann Oberth (in front) with fellow ABMA employees. Left to right: Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, Major General Holger Toftoy, Oberth, Dr. Wernher von Braun, and Dr. Robert Lusser. During the 1920s, a number of rocket research organizations appeared worldwide. In the mid-1920s, German scientists had begun experimenting with rockets which used liquid propellants capable of reaching relatively high altitudes and distances. 1927 the German car manufacturer Opel began to research with rockets together with Mark Valier and the rocket builder Friedrich Wilhelm Sander. In 1928, Fritz von Opel drove with a rocket car, the Opel-RAK.1 on the Opel raceway in Rüsselsheim, Germany. In 1929 von Opel started at the Frankfurt-Rebstock airport with the Opel-Sander RAK 1-airplane. This was maybe the first flight with a manned rocket-aircraft. In 1927 and also in Germany, a team of amateur rocket engineers had formed the Verein für Raumschiffahrt (German Rocket Society, or VfR), and in 1931 launched a liquid propellant rocket (using oxygen and gasoline).[25]

World War II

A German V-2 rocket on a Meillerwagen. In 1943, production of the V-2 rocket began. The V-2 had an operational range of 300 km (185 miles) and carried a 1000 kg (2205 lb) warhead, with an amatol explosive charge. Highest point of altitude of its flight trajectory is 90 km. The vehicle was only different in details from most modern rockets, with turbopumps, inertial guidance and many


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Layout of a V2 rocket other features. Thousands were fired at various Allied nations, mainly England, as well as Belgium and France. While they could not be intercepted, their guidance system design and single conventional warhead meant that the V-2 was insufficiently accurate against military targets. 2,754 people in England were killed, and 6,523 were wounded before the launch campaign was terminated. While the V-2 did not significantly affect the course of the war, it provided a lethal demonstration of the potential for guided rockets as weapons. In parallel with the guided missile programme in Nazi Germany, rockets were also being used for aircraft, either for rapid horizontal take-off (JATO) or for powering the aircraft (Me 163,etc) and for vertical take-off (Bachem Ba 349 "Natter"). During the Great Patriotic War Soviet developed and heavily used the Katyusha rocket launcher in battle field. It was proven to be highly successful against the Nazi military machine.

Dornberger and Von Braun after being captured by the Allies trained personnel from the German rocket program at Peenemünde. Russia and Britain had some success, but the United States benefited the most. The US captured a large number of German rocket scientists (many of whom were members of the Nazi Party, including von Braun) and brought them to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip.[29] In America, the same rockets that were designed to rain down on Britain were used instead by scientists as research vehicles for developing the new technology further. The V-2 evolved into the American Redstone rocket, used in the early space program.[30] After the war, rockets were used to study high-altitude conditions, by radio telemetry of temperature and pressure of the atmosphere, detection of cosmic rays, and further research; notably for the Bell X-1 to break the sound barrier. This continued in the U.S. under von Braun and the others, who were destined to become part of the U.S. scientific complex.

Post World War II
At the end of World War II, competing Russian, British, and U.S. military and scientific crews raced to capture technology and


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effective heat shield, and this permitted recovery of orbital vehicles.

Prototype Version of the Mk-2 Reentry Vehicle (RV) was derived from Blunt Body Theory The Allen and Eggers discovery, though initially treated as a military secret, was eventually published in 1958.[34] The Blunt Body Theory made possible the heat shield designs that were embodied in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space capsules, enabling astronauts to survive the fiery reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. Rockets became extremely important militarily in the form of modern intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) when it was realised that nuclear weapons carried on a rocket vehicle were essentially not defensible against once launched, and ICBM/Launch vehicles such as the R-7, Atlas and Titan became the delivery platform of choice for these weapons. Fueled partly by the Cold War, the 1960s became the decade of rapid development of rocket technology particularly in the Soviet Union (Vostok, Soyuz, Proton) and in the United States (e.g. the X-15[35] and X-20 DynaSoar[36] aircraft). There was also significant research in other countries, such as Britain, Japan, Australia, etc. and their growing use for Space exploration, with pictures returned from the far side of the Moon and unmanned flights for Mars exploration. In America the manned programmes, Project Mercury, Project Gemini and later the Apollo programme culminated in 1969 with the first manned landing on the moon via the Saturn V, causing the New York Times to retract their earlier editorial implying that spaceflight couldn’t work:

R-7 8K72 "Vostok" Independently, research continued in the Soviet Union under the leadership of the chief designer Sergei Korolev.[31] With the help of German technicians, the V-2 was duplicated and improved as the R-1, R-2 and R-5 missiles. German designs were abandoned in the late 1940s, and the foreign workers were sent home. A new series of engines built by Glushko and based on inventions of Aleksei Mihailovich Isaev formed the basis of the first ICBM, the R-7.[32] The R-7 launched the first satellite- Sputnik, and later Yuri Gagarin-the first man into space, and the first lunar and planetary probes. This rocket is still in use today. These epoch marking events attracted the attention of top politicians, along with more money for further research. One problem that had not been solved was reentry- it had been shown that an orbital vehicle easily had enough kinetic energy to vapourise itself, and yet it was known that meteorites can make it down to the ground. The mystery was solved in 1951 when H. Julian Allen and A. J. Eggers, Jr. of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) made the counterintuitive discovery[33] that a blunt shape (high drag) made the most


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SpaceShipOne Scientifically, rocketry has opened a window on our universe, allowing the launch of space probes to explore our solar system and space-based telescopes to obtain a clearer view of the rest of the universe.[40] However, in the minds of much of the public, the most important use of rockets is perhaps manned spaceflight. Vehicles such as the Space Shuttle for scientific research, the Soyuz for orbital tourism and SpaceShipOne for suborbital tourism may show a trend towards greater commercialisation of manned rocketry.[41]

The Apollo 10 Command Module in orbit around the moon "Further investigation and experimentation have confirmed the findings of Isaac Newton in the 17th century and it is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum as well as in an atmosphere. The Times regrets the error."[37] In the 1970s America made further lunar landings, before abandoning the Apollo launch vehicle. The replacement vehicle, the partially reusable ’Space Shuttle’ was intended to be cheaper,[38] but this large reduction in costs was largely not achieved. Meanwhile in 1973, the expendable Ariane programme was begun, a launcher that by the year 2000 would capture much of the geosat market.

Vehicle configurations
Many rockets are the archetypal tall thin "rocket" shape- that take off vertically, but there are many different types of rockets: • tiny models such as water rockets, skyrockets or small solid rockets that can be purchased at a hobby store • missiles • space rockets such as the enormous Saturn V used for the Apollo program • rocket cars • rocket planes • rocket sleds • rocket trains • rocket torpedos • rocket powered jet packs • rapid escape systems such ejection seats and launch escape systems

Current day
Rockets remain a popular military weapon. The use of large battlefield rockets of the V-2 type has given way to guided missiles. However rockets are often used by helicopters and light aircraft for ground attack, being more powerful than machine guns, but without the recoil of a heavy cannon and by the early 1960s air-to-air missiles became favoured. Current artillery systems as MLRS or Smerch launch multiple rockets to saturate battlefield targets with munitions. Economically, rocketry is the enabler of all space technologies particularly satellites, many of which impact people’s everyday lives in almost countless ways.[39]

Components of a rocket


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exhaust gas. A rocket engine can use gas propellants, solid propellant, liquid propellant, or a hybrid mixture of both solid and liquid. Some rockets use heat or pressure that is supplied from a source other than the chemical reaction of propellant(s), such as steam rockets, solar thermal rockets, nuclear thermal rocket engines or simple pressurised rockets such as water rocket or cold gas thrusters. With combustive propellants a chemical reaction is initiated between the fuel and the oxidizer in the combustion chamber, and the resultant hot gases accelerate out of a rocket engine nozzle (or nozzles) at the rearward-facing end of the rocket. The acceleration of these gases through the engine exerts force ("thrust") on the combustion chamber and nozzle, propelling the vehicle (in accordance with Newton’s Third Law).

Rocket propellant
Saturn V is the biggest rocket to have successfully flown Rocket propellant is mass that is stored, usually in some form of propellant tank, prior to being used as the propulsive mass that is ejected from a rocket engine in the form of a fluid jet to produce thrust. Often the propellant is a kind of fuel which is burned with an oxidizer to produce large volumes of very hot gas. These gases expand and push on a nozzle, which accelerates them until they rush out of the back of the rocket at extremely high speed, making thrust. Sometimes the propellant is not burned, but can be externally heated for more performance. For smaller attitude control thrusters, a compressed gas escapes the spacecraft through a propelling nozzle. Chemical rocket propellants are most commonly used, which undergo exothermic chemical reactions which produce hot gas which is used by a rocket for propulsive purposes.

Rockets at minimum have propellant, a place to put propellant (such as a propellant tank), one or more rocket engines and nozzle, directional stabilization device(s) (such as fins, attitude jets or engine gimbals for thrust vectoring, gyroscopes) and a structure (typically monocoque) to hold these components together. Rockets intended for high speed atmospheric use also have an aerodynamic fairing such as a nose cone.[42] As well as these components, rockets can have any number of other components, such as wings (rocketplanes), wheels (rocket cars), even, in a sense, a person (rocket belt). Vehicles frequently possess navigation systems and guidance systems which typically use satellite navigation and inertial navigation systems.

Rockets or other similar reaction devices carrying their own propellant must be used when there is no other substance (land, water, or air) or force (gravity, magnetism, light) that a vehicle may usefully employ for propulsion, such as in space. In these circumstances, it is necessary to carry all the propellant to be used.

Rocket engines
Rocket engines employ the principle of jet propulsion. The rocket engines powering rockets come in a great variety of different types, a comprehensive list can be found in rocket engine. Most current rockets are chemically powered rockets (usually internal combustion engines,[43] but some employ a decomposing monopropellant) that emit a hot


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However, they are also useful in other situations:


A Boeing MIM-115 surface-to-air missile

In many military weapons, rockets are used to propel payloads to their targets. A rocket and its payload together are generally referred to as a missile, especially when the weapon has a guidance system.

Science & Research
See also: Space probe See also: Rocket sled Sounding rockets[44] are commonly used to carry instruments that take readings from 50 kilometers (30 mi) to 1,500 kilometers (930 mi) above the surface of the Earth, the altitudes between those reachable by weather balloons and satellites. Other uses of rockets include rocket sleds where a sled is run along a rail at extremely high speed powered by a rocket engine. The world record for this is Mach 8.5.

A Bumper sounding rocket

Larger rockets are normally launched from a launch pad which serves as stable support until a few seconds after ignition. Due to their high exhaust velocity (Mach ~10+), big rockets are particularly useful when very high speeds are required, such as orbital speed (Mach 25+). Spacecraft delivered into orbital trajectories become artificial satellites which are used for many commercial purposes. Indeed, rockets remain the only way to launch spacecraft into orbit and beyond.[45] They are also used to rapidly accelerate spacecraft when they change orbits or de-orbit for landing. Also, a rocket may be used to

Space Shuttle Atlantis during launch phase, showing both solid (SRBs) and liquid fueled (Shuttle) rocket engines in use. soften a hard parachute landing immediately before touchdown (see Soyuz spacecraft).

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waves depends on the size of the rocket as well as the exhaust speed. The sound intensity of large, high performance rockets could potentially kill at close range.[50] The Space Shuttle generates over 200 dB(A) of noise around its base. A Saturn V launch was detectable on seismometers a considerable distance from the launch site. Generally speaking, noise is most intense when a rocket is close to the ground, since the noise from the engines radiates up away from the plume, as well as reflecting off the ground. This noise can be reduced somewhat by flame trenches with roofs, by water injection around the plume and by deflecting the plume at an angle.[50] For crewed rockets various methods are used to reduce the sound intensity for the passengers as much as possible, and typically the placement of the astronauts far away from the rocket engines helps significantly. For the passengers and crew, when a vehicle goes supersonic the sound cuts off as the sound waves are no longer able to keep up with the vehicle.[50]

Apollo LES pad abort test with boilerplate crew module. used to rescue those on board. Rockets are also used to launch emergency flares. Some crewed rockets, notably the Saturn V[46] and Soyuz[47] have launch escape systems. This is a small, usually solid rocket that is capable of pulling the crewed capsule away from the main vehicle to safety at a moments notice. These types of systems have been operated several times, both in testing and in flight, and operated correctly each time. Ejection seats are used in many aircraft to propel a pilot away to safety from a vehicle when flight control is lost.


Hobby, sport and entertainment
Hobbyists build and fly model rockets of various types and rockets are used to launch both commercially available fireworks and professional fireworks displays. Hydrogen peroxide rockets are used to power jet packs,[48] and have been used to power cars and a rocket car holds the all time (albeit unofficial) drag racing record.[49]

For all but the very smallest sizes, rocket exhaust compared to other engines is generally very noisy. As the hypersonic exhaust mixes with the ambient air, shock waves are formed. The sound intensity from these shock

In all rockets, the exhaust is formed from propellants carried within the rocket prior to use.[51] Rocket thrust is due to the rocket engine, which propels the rocket forwards by exhausting the propellant rearwards at extreme high speed. In a closed chamber, the pressures are equal in each direction and no acceleration occurs. If an opening is provided at the bottom of the chamber then the pressure is no longer acting on that side. The remaining pressures give a resultant thrust on the side opposite the opening; as well as permitting exhaust to escape. Using a nozzle increases the forces further, in fact multiplies the thrust as a function of the area ratio of the nozzle, since the pressures also act on the


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Rocket thrust is caused by pressures acting on the combustion chamber and nozzle nozzle. As a side effect the pressures act on the exhaust in the opposite direction and accelerate this to very high speeds (in accordance with Newton’s Third Law).[51] If propellant gas is continuously added to the chamber then this disequilibrium of pressures can be maintained for as long as propellant remains.[51] It turns out (from conservation of momentum) that the speed of the exhaust of a rocket determines how much momentum increase is created for a given amount of propellant, and this is termed a rocket’s specific impulse.[51] Because a rocket, propellant and exhaust in flight, away from any external perturbations, may be usefully considered as a closed system, then the total momentum is constant at all times. Therefore the faster the net speed of the exhaust is in one direction the greater the speed of the rocket itself in the opposite direction can become, and even more so because the rocket mass is typically far lower than the final total exhaust mass. As the remaining propellant decreases, rocket vehicles become lighter and their acceleration per unit of propellant tends to increase until eventually they run out. This means that much of the speed change occurs towards the end of the burn when the vehicle is much lighter.[51]

Forces on a rocket in flight, rockets that must travel through the air are usually tall and thin as this shape gives a high ballistic coefficient and minimises drag losses • Lift; usually relatively small effect except for rocket-powered aircraft In addition, the inertia/centrifugal pseudoforce can be significant due to the path of the rocket around the center of a celestial body; when high enough speeds in the right direction and altitude are achieved a stable orbit or escape velocity is obtained. During a rocket launch, as the vehicle speed increases, and the atmosphere thins, there is a point of maximum aerodynamic drag called Max Q. This determines the minimum aerodynamic strength of the vehicle, as the rocket must avoid buckling under these forces.[53] These forces, with a stabilizing tail present will, unless deliberate control efforts are made, to naturally cause the vehicle to follow a roughly parabolic trajectory termed a gravity turn, and this trajectory is often used at least during the initial part of a launch. (This is true even if the rocket engine is mounted at the nose). This means that the vehicle can maintain low or even zero angle of attack. This minimizes transverse stress on the launch vehicle; allowing for a weaker, and thus lighter, launch vehicle.[54][55]

Forces on a rocket in flight
The general study of the forces on a rocket or other spacecraft is called astrodynamics. Flying rockets are primarily affected by the following:[52] • Thrust from the engine(s) • Gravity from celestial bodies • Drag if moving in atmosphere

Net thrust
A typical rocket engine can handle a significant fraction of its own weight in propellant each second, with the propellant leaving the nozzle at several kilometres per second. This means that the thrust-to-weight ratio of a rocket engine, and often the entire vehicle can be very high, in extreme cases over


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the effective exhaust velocity (m/s or ft/s) The ve of a rocket engine is often almost constant in a vacuum, but in practice the effective exhaust velocity of rocket engines goes down when operated within an atmosphere as the atmospheric pressure goes up. In space, the effective exhaust velocity is equal to the actual exhaust velocity. In the atmosphere, the two velocities are close in value.

Specific impulse
As can be seen from the thrust equation the effective speed of the exhaust controls the amount of thrust produced from a particular quantity of fuel burnt per second. An equivalent measure, the net thrustseconds (impulse) per weight unit of propellant expelled is called specific Impulse "Isp" and this is one of the most important figures that describes a rocket’s performance. It can be shown that it is related to effective exhaust velocity:

Due to the supersonic nature of the exhaust jet the exit pressure can be different to atmospheric pressure. Nozzles are said to be underexpanded (higher than ambient pressure), ambient or overexpanded (below ambient pressure). If under or overexpanded then loss of efficiency occurs, grossly overexpanded nozzles lose less efficiency, but the exhaust jet is usually unstable. Rockets become progressively more underexpanded as they gain altitude. Note that almost all rocket engines will be momentarily grossly overexpanded during startup in an atmosphere.[56] 100:1. This compares with other jet propulsion engines that rarely exceed 10:1. The propellant flow rate of a rocket is often deliberately varied over a flight, to provide a way to control the thrust and thus the airspeed of the vehicle. This allows minimization of aerodynamic losses and can limit the increase of g-forces due to the reduction in propellant load. It can be shown that the net thrust of a rocket is:

where: Isp has units of seconds g0 is the acceleration at the surface of the Earth Thus, the greater the specific impulse, the greater the net thrust and performance of the engine. Isp is determined by measurement while testing the engine. In practice the effective exhaust velocities of rockets varies but can be extremely high, ~4500 m/s, about 15 times the sea level speed of sound in air.

Delta-v (rocket equation)
The delta-v capacity of a rocket is the theoretical total change in velocity that a rocket can achieve without any external interference (without air drag or gravity or other forces). When ve is constant, the delta-v that a rocket vehicle can provide can be calculated from the Tsiolkovsky rocket equation:[61]

where: propellant flow (kg/s or lb/s)

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The Tsiolkovsky rocket equation gives a relationship between the mass ratio and the final velocity in multiples of the exhaust speed

Mass ratios
Persons not familiar with spaceflight rarely realize that almost all of a launch vehicle’s mass consists of propellant.[62] Mass ratio is, for any ’burn’, the ratio between the rocket’s initial mass and the mass after.[63] Everything else being equal, a high mass ratio is desirable for good performance, since it indicates that the rocket is lightweight and hence performs better, for essentially the same reasons that low weight is desirable in sports cars. Rockets as a group have the highest thrust-to-weight ratio of any type of engine; and this helps vehicles achieve high mass ratios, which improves the performance of flights. The higher the ratio, the less engine mass is needed to be carried. This permits the carrying of even more propellant, enormously improving the delta-v. Alternatively, some rockets such as for rescue scenarios or racing carry relatively little propellant and payload and thus need only a lightweight structure and instead achieve high accelerations. For example, the Soyuz escape system can produce well over 20g. Achievable mass ratios are highly dependent on many factors such as propellant type, the design of engine the vehicle uses, structural safety margins and construction techniques. The highest mass ratios are generally achieved with liquid rockets, and these types are usually used for orbital launch vehicles, a situation which calls for a high delta-v. Liquid propellants generally have densities similar to water (with the notable exceptions of liquid hydrogen and liquid methane), and these types are able to use lightweight, low

A map of approximate Delta-v’s around the solar system between Earth and Mars[59][60] m1 is the final total mass in kg (or lb) ve is the effective exhaust velocity in m/s or (ft/s) is the delta-v in m/s (or ft/s) When launched from the Earth practical delta-v’s for a single rockets carrying payloads can be a few km/s. Some theoretical designs have rockets with delta-v’s over 9 km/s. The required delta-v can also be calculated for a particular manoeuvre; for example the delta-v to launch from the surface of the Earth to Low earth orbit is about 9.7 km/s, which leaves the vehicle with a sideways speed of about 7.8 km/s at an altitude of around 200 km. In this manoeuvre about 1.9 km/s is lost in air drag, gravity drag and gaining altitude. The ratio mass ratio. is sometimes called the


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Vehicle Ariane 5 (vehicle + payload) Titan 23G first stage Saturn V Space Shuttle (vehicle + payload) Saturn 1B (stage only) Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer V2 X-15 Concorde Boeing 747 Takeoff Mass 746,000 kg [64] (~1,645,000 lb) 117,020 kg (258,000 lb) 3,038,500 kg[65] (~6,700,000 lb) 2,040,000 kg (~4,500,000 lb) 448,648 kg[66] (989,100 lb) 10,024.39 kg (22,100 lb) 13,000 kg (~28,660 lb) (12.8 ton) 15,420 kg (34,000 lb) ~181,000 kg (400,000 lb [68]) ~363,000 kg (800,000 lb[68]) 6,620 kg (14,600 lb) Final Mass Mass ratio

Mass fraction 0.975 0.959 0.957 0.935 0.907 0.83 0.74 [67] 0.57[68] 0.5[68] 0.5[68]

2,700 kg + 16,000 kg[64] (~6,000 39.9 lb + ~35,300 lb) 4,760 kg (10,500 lb) 13,300 kg + 118,000 kg[65] (~29,320 lb + ~260,150 lb) 104,000 kg + 28,800 kg (~230,000 lb + ~63,500 lb) 41,594 kg[66] (91,700 lb) 1,678.3 kg (3,700 lb) 24.6 23.1 15.4 10.7 6.0 3.85 2.3 2 2

pressure tanks and typically run high-performance turbopumps to force the propellant into the combustion chamber. Some notable mass fractions are found in the following table (some aircraft are included for comparison purposes):

a particular minimum percentage of take-off mass. For example the first stage of the Saturn V, carrying the weight of the upper stages, was able to achieve a mass ratio of about 10, and achieved a specific impulse of 263 seconds. This gives a delta-v of around 5.9 km/s whereas around 9.4 km/s delta-v is needed to achieve orbit with all losses allowed for.

Staging involves dropping off unnecessary parts of the rocket to reduce mass

Often, the required velocity (delta-v) for a mission is unattainable by any single rocket because the propellant, tankage, structure, guidance, valves and engines and so on, take

Apollo 6 while dropping the interstage ring


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This problem is frequently solved by staging — the rocket sheds excess weight (usually empty tankage and associated engines) during launch to reduce its weight and effectively increase its mass ratio. Staging is either serial where the rockets light after the previous stage has fallen away, or parallel, where rockets are burning together and then detach when they burn out.[69] The maximum speeds that can be achieved with staging is theoretically unlimited. However the payload that can be carried goes down geometrically with each extra stage needed, while the additional delta-v for each stage is roughly constant.


Rocket propulsive efficiency as a function of vehicle speed divided by effective exhaust speed

Acceleration and thrust-toweight ratio
From Newton’s third law the acceleration of a vehicle is simply:

Energy efficiency
Rocket launch vehicles take-off with a great deal of flames, noise and drama, and it might seem obvious that they are grievously inefficient. However, while they are far from perfect, their energy efficiency is not as bad as might be supposed. The energy density of rocket propellant is around 1/3 that of conventional hydrocarbon fuels; the bulk of the mass is in the form of (often relatively inexpensive) oxidiser. Nevertheless, at take-off the rocket has a great deal of energy in the form of fuel and oxidiser stored within the vehicle. It is of course desirable that as much of the energy of the propellant end up as kinetic or potential energy of the body of the rocket as possible. Energy from the fuel is lost in air drag and gravity drag and is used for the rocket to gain altitude and speed. However, much of the lost energy ends up in the exhaust.[70] 100% efficiency within the engine (ηc) would mean that all of the heat energy of the combustion products is converted into kinetic energy of the jet. This is not possible, but the high expansion ratio nozzles that can be used with rockets come surprisingly close: when the nozzle expands the gas, the gas is cooled and accelerated, and an energy efficiency of up to 70% can be achieved. Most of the rest is heat energy in the exhaust that is not recovered.[70] The high efficiency is a consequence of the fact that rocket combustion can be performed at very high temperatures and the gas is finally released at much lower temperatures, and so giving good Carnot efficiency. However, engine efficiency is not the whole story. In common with many jet-based

Where m is the instantaneous mass of the vehicle and Fn is the net force acting on the rocket (mostly thrust but air drag and other forces can play a part.) Typically, the acceleration of a rocket increases with time (if the thrust stays the same) as the weight of the rocket decreases as propellant is burned, but the thrust can be throttled to offset or vary this if needed. Discontinuities in acceleration will also occur when stages burn out, often starting at a lower acceleration with each new stage firing. Peak accelerations can be increased by designing the vehicle with a reduced mass, usually achieved by a reduction in the fuel load and tankage and associated structures, but obviously this reduces range, final speed and burn time. Still, for some applications that rockets are used for, a high peak acceleration applied for just a short time is highly desirable. The minimal mass of vehicle consists of a rocket engine with minimal fuel and structure to carry it. In that case the thrust-toweight ratio of the rocket engine limits the maximum acceleration that can be designed. It turns out that rocket engines generally have truly excellent thrust to weight ratios (136:1 for the NK-33 engine), and nearly all really high-g vehicles employ or have employed rockets.


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engines, but particularly in rockets due to their high and typically fixed exhaust speeds, rocket vehicles are extremely inefficient at low speeds irrespective of the engine efficiency. The problem is that at low speeds, the exhaust carries away a huge amount of kinetic energy rearward. This phenomenon is termed propulsive efficiency (ηp).[70] However, as speeds rise, the resultant exhaust speed goes down, and the overall vehicle energetic efficiency rises, reaching a peak of around 100% of the engine efficiency when the vehicle is travelling exactly at the same speed that the exhaust is emitted. In this case the exhaust would ideally stop dead in space behind the moving vehicle, taking away zero energy, and from conservation of energy, all the energy would end up in the vehicle. The efficiency then drops off again at even higher speeds as the exhaust ends up travelling forwards- trailing behind the vehicle. From these principles it can be shown that the propulsive efficiency ηp for a rocket moving at speed u with an exhaust velocity c is:

also see many short-range relatively low speed military applications where their lowspeed inefficiency is outweighed by their extremely high thrust and hence high accelerations.

Safety, reliability and accidents

Space Shuttle Challenger was torn apart 73 seconds after launch when hot gases escaped the SRBs Rockets are not inherently highly dangerous. In military usage quite adequate reliability is obtained. Because of the enormous chemical energy in all useful rocket propellants (greater energy per weight than explosives, but lower than gasoline), accidents can, have and will happen. The number of people injured or killed is usually small because of the great care typically taken, but this record is not perfect.

And the overall energy efficiency η is: η = η pηc Since the energy ultimately comes from fuel, these joint considerations mean that rockets are mainly useful when a very high speed is required, such as ICBMs or orbital launch, and they are rarely if ever used for general aviation. For example, from the equation, with an ηc of 0.7, a rocket flying at Mach 0.85 (which most aircraft cruise at) with an exhaust velocity of Mach 10, would have a predicted overall energy efficiency of 5.9%, whereas a conventional, modern, air breathing jet engine achieves closer to 35% efficiency. Thus a rocket would need about 6x more energy; and allowing for the ~3x lower specific energy of rocket propellant than conventional air fuel, roughly 18x more mass of propellant would need to be carried for the same journey. Thus jet engines which have a better match between speed and jet exhaust speed such as turbofans (in spite of their worse ηc) dominate for subsonic and supersonic atmospheric use while rockets work best at hypersonic speeds. On the other hand rockets do

Costs and economics
The costs of rockets can be roughly divided into propellant costs, the costs of obtaining and/or producing the ’dry mass’ of the rocket and the costs of any required support equipment and facilities.[71] Most of the takeoff mass of a rocket is normally propellant. However propellant is seldom more than a few times more expensive than gasoline per kg (as of 2009 gasoline is about $1/kg or less), and although substantial amounts are needed, for all but the very cheapest rockets it turns out that the


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propellant costs are usually comparatively small, although not completely negligible.[71] The costs of the dry mass of the rocket depend largely on the manufacturing processes needed to shape and assemble it; the materials used are rarely expensive in and of themselves. For complete aerospace materials average costs of ~$10,000/kg (as of 2009) are common. This high cost is largely due to the manpower and equipment needed to form lightweight structures that perform well in rockets. Even though the dry mass of the rocket is usually a small fraction of the rocket (often between 1/10 and 1/40 of the rocket), nevertheless this cost dominates. However the structure of simple rockets that are produced in large quantities can be many times cheaper,[71] while very high performance, complex structures that are produced in small quantities tend to be more expensive, although give more performance. The costs of support equipment, range costs and launch pads generally scale up with the size of the rocket, but vary less with launch rate, and so may be considered to be approximately a fixed cost.[71] • • • • • •

Rocket fuel Rocket launch Rocket launch site Rocket engine nozzles - De Laval nozzles Solid rocket Tsiolkovsky rocket equation - equation describing rocket performance Recreational rocketry • Model rocket - small hobby rocket • High-powered rocket • Water rocket - toy rocket launched for recreational purposes using water as propellant • Balloon rocket Recreational pyrotechnic rocketry • Bottle rocket - small firework type rocket often launched from bottles • Skyrocket - fireworks that typically explode at apogee Weaponry • Rocket propelled grenade - military use of rockets • Air-to-ground rockets • Fire Arrow - one of the earliest types of rocket • Shin Ki Chon Korean variation of the Chinese fire arrow • Katyusha rocket launcher - rack mounted rocket • VA-111 Shkval - Russian rocket propelled supercavitation torpedo Rockets for Research • Disappearing rocket - rocket that disintegrate if fired from the ground for safety reasons • Rocket plane - winged aircraft powered by rockets • Rocket sled - used for high speeds along ground • Sounding rocket - suborbital rocket used for atmospheric and other research Misc • Rocket mail - an ill-fated attempt to commercialise rocketry

See also
Lists • List of spaceflights • Timeline of rocket and missile technology • Chronology of Pakistan’s rocket tests • List of rockets • Sounding rocket • Spacecraft propulsion - describes many different propulsion systems for spacecraft • Astrodynamics the study of spaceflight trajectories General rocketry • Ammonium Perchlorate Composite Propellant - Most common solid rocket fuel • Bipropellant rocket - two-part liquid or gaseous fuelled rocket • Tripropellant rocket - variable propellant mixes can improve performance • Hot Water rocket - powered by boiling water • Hybrid rocket - solid rocket burnt by second fluid propellant • Pendulum rocket fallacy - an instability of rockets • Pulsed Rocket Motors - solid rocket that burns in segments

External links
Governing agencies • about the rocket in israel • FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) • National Association of Rocketry (USA) • Tripoli Rocketry Association


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• Asoc. Coheteria Experimental y Modelista de Argentina • United Kingdom Rocketry Association • Canadian Association of Rocketry • Indian Space Research Organisation Information sites • Encyclopedia Astronautica - Rocket and Missile Alphabetical Index • Gunter’s Space Page - Complete Rocket and Missile Lists • Rocketdyne Technical Articles • Relativity Calculator - Learn Tsiolkovsky’s rocket equations • Robert Goddard--America’s Space Pioneer

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