Stephen D. Heister, et al.
Cambridge University Press
One Liberty Plaza, Fl. 20, New York, NY 10006
9781108422277, $74.99, HC, 586pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: A modern pedagogical treatment of the latest industry trends in rocket propulsion, developed from extensive experience in both industry and academia by the authors (Stephen D. Heister, William E. Anderson, Timothee L. Pourpoint, and R. Joseph Cassady), "Rocket Propulsion" guide students along a step-by-step journey through modern rocket propulsion.
"Rocket Propulsion" begins with the historical context and an introduction to top-level performance measures, and the progresses on to in-depth discussions of the chemical aspects of fluid flow combustion thermochemistry and chemical equilibrium, solid, liquid, and hybrid rocket propellants, mission requirements, and an overview of electric propulsion.
Featuring a wealth of homework problems (and a solutions manual for instructors online), real-life case studies and examples throughout, and an appendix detailing key numerical methods and links to additional online resources.
Critique: "Rocket Propulsion" is an expertly organized and presented curriculum textbook and guide for senior and first year graduate students looking to gain a thorough understanding of the topic along with practical tools that can be applied in industry. While very highly recommended for college and university library collections, it should be noted for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Rocket Propulsion" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $60.00).