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Rockets. The Past Present and Future. Brittany Harrison. Principles of Technology January 2006. Table of Contents. Introduction. History of Rockets . The Nature of Science. "7 Steps of the Scientific Process. Positive & Negative aspects . principles of rocketry . Rocket Timeline.

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The Past Present and Future

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Brittany Harrison

Principles of Technology

January 2006

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Table of Contents


History of Rockets

The Nature of Science

"7 Steps of the Scientific Process

Positive & Negative aspects

principles of rocketry

Rocket Timeline

Modern uses


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  • Rockets are any devices driven forward by escaping gas through a rear vent.

  • The evolution of the rocket has made it an indispensable tool in the exploration of space.

  • For centuries, rockets have provided ceremonial and warfare uses starting with the ancient Chinese, the first to create rockets.

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Modern uses

  • Weapons of War

  • Lifting fireworks to higher altitudes

  • Outer space exploration

  • Experiments

  • Launched Machines into space.

    • Satellites

    • Robots

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History of Rockets

  • Stories of early rocket devices appear through historical records

  • One of the first devices to qualify as a rocket was a wooden bird

  • a Greek named Hero invented a similar rocket-like device called an Aeolipile. It used steam to propel it.

  • The Chinese used the rockets when they were at war with the Mongols in 1232.

  • By the 16th century rockets fell into disuse as weapons of war.

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Rocket Timeline

1959: U.S. Air Force photo of Big Joe launch vehicle after launching at Cape Canaveral.Source: JSC Digital Pictures Gallery

1992: Titan III rocket carrying Mars Observer satellite launches from Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Source: NASA Mixed Fleet - Titan

1926: Dr. Robert H. Goddard launches the first liquid fueled rocket. Source: Goddard Space Flight Center Educational Programs

1969: Liftoff of Saturn V launch vehicle carrying Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.

1996: Atlantis landing at Edwards AFB, California. Source: NASA Dryden Research Aircraft Photo Gallery

1961: Launch of Little Joe 2 from Wallops Island carrying Mercury spacecraft test article. Source: JSC Digital Pictures Gallery

1989: First flight of Pegasus air-launched booster vehicle. Source: NASA Dryden Research Aircraft Photo Gallery

1963: Soviet Soyuz launch vehicle. Source: Marshall Space Flight Center History of Rocket Science

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Future Rocketry

Nuclear rocket: the use of a nuclear reactor to heat liquid hydrogen

Electric rocket: the use of accelerated positive ions

Nuclear fusion-pulse rocket: the explosion of small amounts of fusion material