Sutton, George P. Consulting Engineer, Danville, California.
- Additional Readings
Either a propulsion system or a complete vehicle driven by such a propulsive engine. A rocket engine provides the means whereby chemical matter is burned to release the energy stored in it and the energy expended, in this example, by ejection at high velocity of the products of combustion (the working fluid). The ejection imparts motion to the vehicle in a direction opposite to that of the ejected matter. A rocket vehicle is propelled by rocket reaction and includes all components necessary for such propulsion, a payload such as an explosive charge, scientific instruments, or a human crew. A rocket vehicle also includes guidance and control equipment mounted in a structural airframe or spaceframe. See also: Rocket propulsion; Rocket staging; Satellite (spacecraft); Space flight; Space probe
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 43 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information