Solid Propulsion Comparison Essay by calera_27

Solid Propulsion
An essay outlining the history and modern use of solid propulsion in comparison to other types of propulsion.
# 7399 | 1,145 words | 1 source | MLA | 2000 | CA
Published on Feb 06, 2003 in Engineering (General) , Physics (General) , Chemistry (General)

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The following paper examines the history of solid propulsion and black powder and discusses how it was used. It also looks at the advantages and disadvantages of solid propulsion in relation to its liquid counterparts.

From the Paper:

"The first solid propulsion engines were invented by the Chinese early in the 13th century in use of fireworks. These homemade rockets were propelled by black powder. The first recorded military use was in 1232 in a military siege where the powder propelled rockets were used to set fire to tents. It wasn't until years later around the early 15th century when they started becoming used in Europe and equipped with a payload. Gunpowder started being used as it burned slower than black powder. The two have same the same ingredients but in different proportions. A large step forward was when the solid propulsion rockets were used to carry rope from distressed ships to shore in stormy conditions. The sailors would use the rope as a lifeline in their rowboats. However this relied on the fact that the shore could only be as far away as the longest rope."

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