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Make: Rockets by Mike Westerfield

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Chapter 18. Cluster Rockets

Cluster rockets use two or more motors to propel a rocket with the force of multiple motors. It’s a popular technique in both model rocketry and full scale rocketry because it’s an easy way to use existing, lower power motors to do the job of a much larger motor without resorting to a larger, often more expensive motor.

The Saturn 1B booster is a tinker-toy cluster rocket. It’s made up of eight tanks from Redstone rockets holding fuel and liquid oxygen, a liquid oxygen tank from a Jupiter rocket, and eight H1 rocket motors.
Figure 18-1. The Saturn 1B booster is a tinker-toy cluster rocket. It’s made up of eight tanks from Redstone rockets holding fuel and liquid oxygen, a liquid oxygen tank from a Jupiter rocket, and eight H1 rocket motors.

Clustered Rockets

Why Cluster Rockets?

Back in Chapter 7, you saw that a rocket needs ...

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