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GODDARD, Robert Hutchins.
A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes [with:] Liquid Propellant Rocket Development.
Washington D.C. Smithsonian Institution, 1919 & 1936. First edition. First edition, presentation copies in the original printed wrappers, inscribed by Goddard, and with a highly important association, of the most influential early works on rocketry, which provided the foundation for the modern space age. "Having explored the mathematical practicality of rocketry since 1906 and the experimental workability of reaction engines in laboratory vacuum tests since 1912, Goddard began to accumulate ideas for probing beyond the earth's stratosphere. His first two patents in 1914, for a liquid-fuel gun rocket and a multistage step rocket, led to some modest recognition and financial support from the Smithsonian Institution ... The publication in 1919 of his seminal paper 'A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes' gave Goddard distorted publicity because he had suggested that jet propulsion could be used to attain escape velocity and that this theory could be proved by crashing a flash-powder missile on the moon. Sensitive to criticism of his moon-rocket idea, he worked quietly and steadily toward the perfection of his rocket technology and techniques ... Among Goddard's successful innovations were fuel-injections systems, regenerative cooling of combustion chambers, gyroscopic stabilization and control, instrumented payloads and recovery systems, guidance vanes in the exhaust plume, gimbaled and clustered engines, and aluminium fuel and oxidizer pumps" (DSB). The 1919 paper described work on rockets that were fed with a continuous stream of solid charges, but this method eventually pro … [Click Below for Full Description]
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