Rocket Science @ COHS
Even though the Chinese introduced rockets about 800 years ago, most of the important rocket development has taken place in the 20th Century. This course introduces rocket theory including specific impulse, thrust chamber design, nozzle design, heat transfer, and propellant composition and places particular emphasis on the development and use of liquid and solid rockets. The course concludes with a discussion of the future of rocketry including hybrid rockets, thrust vector control, and electric rockets. The material in this course is applicable and essential for any military or civilian space operator, manager, or designer who wants to achieve a better understanding of how rockets are designed and how they operate.
Pronunciation: \rä-kət\ noun (It rocchetta)
A vehicle, typically cylindrical, containing liquid or solid propellants which produce hot gases or ions that are ejected rearward through a nozzle and, in doing so, create an action force accompanied by an opposite and equal reaction force driving the vehicle forward. Because rockets are self-contained, they are able to operate in outer space.