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Collected Works of H. S. Tsien (1938-1956) by Tsien H S

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A Method for Comparing the Performance of Power Plants for Vertical Flight

H.S. Tsienimage

(Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Jet Propulsion Center, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.)

A new method of power plant selection for vertical flight is proposed. It can be used to determine whether the performance of a rocket design can be improved by substituting for the rocket motor a different power plant such as a ramjet. Calculations indicate that there are advantages in using the ramjet provided the power plant can be made to operate under rapid acceleration and at high altitudes.

A problem constantly facing engineers who use jet propulsion ...

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