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Rocket Fundamentals

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Many people have had and still have misconceptions about the basic principle of rocket propulsion. Here is a comment of an unknown editorial writer of the renowned New York Times from January 13, 1920, about the pioneer of US astronautics, Robert Goddard, who at that time was carrying out the first experiments with liquid propulsion engines: “Professor Goddard … does not know the relation of action to reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to reactto say that would be absurd. Of course he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.”

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  • 31 October 2019

    In the original version of the book, the following belated corrections are to be incorporated.

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    Section 1.4 is partly adapted from Walter (2006) with contributions from Westmoreland (2010).

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Walter, U. (2018). Rocket Fundamentals. In: Astronautics. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74373-8_1

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