Rockets are used for a variety of purposes, including launching spacecraft and missiles or as fireworks. In all rocket types, the rocket is propelled by exhaust formed from burning propellants within the rocket. In what follows, we give a very simplified account of the physics involved in rocket motion and show you how to put together a simple rocket simulation that can be incorporated in your Flash games.

It is rocket science!

Without going into engineering details on the operation of various types of rocket engines, let’s just say that hot gases at high pressure are produced and pushed through a nozzle at high velocity. By Newton’s third law, the exhaust gases push back upon the rocket, propelling it forward. The forward force generated ...

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