This 230 page book is illustrated with photographs and drawings covering every aspect of amateur rocketry. Written by a rocket propulsion engineer, John Wickman, with 30 years of professional experience in solid, liquid and exotic propulsion systems.
Anyone can start making their own motors and rockets with this book, even if you never made a rocket or rocket motor
in your life. You don't need a college degree in chemistry or engineering to be successful with this bookset.
Even if you know absolutely nothing about making rockets and rocket motors, all the information you need is in
the book and video.
Don't confuse this book with other books showing you how to make PVC pipe rocket motors. Their books show you how
to make a few designs. If you want to make something different, you are out of luck. Our book shows you to design and build your rocket motor
out of PVC pipe and fittings or aluminum cases. We give you the knowledge to design and build your own, not just a "cookbook motor design"
manual where you follow the recipe.
But, the book is not just written for the novice. If you are designing motors based on a Kn spreadsheet, it
is time to move up and start designing your motors for the precise thrust-time curve you want. If you are designing
motors based on Kn and just increase Kn until you get a motor failure to find out the limit, you need this bookset.
We will show you how to calculate the limits of your motor case and design a solid rocket motor that does not
exceed those limits.
this book package unique is the software and video that come with it. While the book is fully illustrated with
photographs and drawings, there are some things such as mixing and casting propellant, making nozzles, folding
parachutes and assembling rocket motors that are best shown by watching someone do it. In our
included video, you
will see someone do all of these things and lots more. It is like having a personal instructor in your house
showing you how to do it. The DVD video presents each of the sections from a
menu (one page of the DVD menu shown at left) so you can watch just one section or the whole video.
Of course, if
you want a real instructor rather than a video, you can always sign up for our "hands on" motor
design class that includes the complete bookset. The "How To Make Amateur Rockets" book is also used as the
the Introduction To Rocketry course (ES-1100) taught at Casper College. The bookset is being used by high
school rocket groups like the one in Glasco, Kansas shown on the right getting ready to launch their scratch
built rocket and rocket motor.
Look At The Software Included With The Book!
What makes modern amateur rocketry so different from the days of "October Sky" in the 1950's and 60's is the
personal computer. Today,
amateurs can test their rocket and rocket motor designs on their personal computers to see if the designs will work before
a single part is built. CP Technologies was one of the first company to develop and bundle rocketry software together for
amateur rocketry. Unlike software offered by other companies, our software has been extensively tested in the amateur and
It has been used to successfully design the student Pathfinder rocket launched at NASA Wallops (Left). This
rocket was 100% designed and built (including the solid rocket motor) by Casper College and University of Cinncinatti students. Our
sofware has been
used to design even larger rockets such as the S1 sounding rocket developed under NASA contract (right). The
software bundled with the bookset will help you formulate solid, hybrid and liquid propellants, design solid rocket
motors and rockets plus give you their performance in flight.
CP Technologies Software Included With The Bookset - Click On Name For More Information
THERM* - Version 3 - Calculates the thermal ablation and temperatures of nozzles, exit cones, bulkheads and chambers. It also calculates temperatures within a rocket body at various locations from the nose due to aerodynamic heating.
CG-CALC* - Determines the center of gravity and lift off weight of your rocket before you build it.
STRESS * - Spreadsheet analysis on your chamber, nozzle and bulkhead.
HTBOUND * - Spreadsheet calculation of key thermal input parameters used by THERM.
BURNRATE * - Determines the coefficient and exponent for your propellant formulation based motor data or single strand burn tests.
With this bookset, you will not have to pay a hundred dollars or more for a rocket kit. After all, what
are you really buying with that rocket kit? You are paying for the time someone took to design that rocket.
Plastic nosecones and cardboard tubes don't cost a hundred dollars or
more. With our "How To Make Amateur Rockets" bookset, you will be able to design your own stable rockets.
Tired of showing up to launches with the same rocket as everyone else with only a different paint job? Break Free
From The Pack!! Start designing the rockets you want to fly and save money, too!
Videos Of Rockets & Motors Designed With Our Bookset!
Close Up View Of Two Inch PVC Pipe Rocket Motor Using Information From The Bookset
Static Firing Of An Ammonium Nitrate Solid Rocket Motor With A PVC Pipe Chamber & Graphite Throat
Launch Of A 4 Inch Diameter x 8 Ft Long Rocket With A 2.5 Inch PVC Pipe Rocket Motor
The Rocket Motor Uses Ammonium Nitrate, Magnesium & HTPB Binder For Propellant.
The Rocket & Motor Was Designed And Built By A Casper College
Student Taking The "Introduction To Rocketry" Course.
Video From On An Board Camera Mounted On Rocket Shown In The Previous Video
Sound After Parachute Deployment Is A Sonic Locator
Promotional Video On Our Rocket Motor Design Class
Static Firing Of The Pathfinder Solid Rocket Motor Designed And
Built By Casper College Using "How To Make Amateur Rockets" Bookset Materials
Frequently Asked Questions On Making Your Own Motors
Ammonium Perchlorate Propellant Formulation Based On Specific Impulse
Ammonium Nitrate Propellant Formulation Based On Specific Impulse
Ammonium Perchlorate Propellant Formulation Based On Combustion Temperature
Ammonium Nitrate Propellant Formulation Based On Combustion Temperature
Oxidizer and Metal Particle Size/Shapes
Formulation To Increase Burn Rate
Amount Of Curing Agent
Converting Propellant Ingredients Weight Percentage To Weights For Mixing
Sample Propellant Batches
Chapter 5 - Preliminary Motor Design
Motor Design Process
Thrust To Weight Ratio
Propellant Mass Fraction
Chapter 6 - Rocket Motor Performance Analysis
Exit Cone Diameter
Chamber Pressure and Thrust
Propellant Grain Pattern Selection
Propellant Surface Area
Propellant Sizing For A Neutral Chamber Pressure/Thrust Curve
Burn Rate Parameters For Some Propellants
Chapter 7 - Motor Structural Analysis
Chamber Wall Thickness
Structural Properties of Common Rocket Chamber, Bulkhead and Nozzle Materials
Nozzle Design and Structural Analysis
Bulkhead Design and Structural Analysis
Nozzle and Bulkhead Ejection
Retaining Pins or Bolts
Retaining Pins or Bolt Hole Location
Sealing With O-rings and Sizing Grooves
Chapter 8 - Motor Thermal Analysis
Chamber Insulation Thickness
Chamber Wall Temperature
Nozzle Temperature and Ablation
Bulkhead Temperature and Ablation
Thermal Properties of Common Rocket Materials
Chapter 9 - Final Motor Design
Nozzle and Exit Cone Design
Divergence Losses In Exit Cone
Cost of Motor
III. Making a Motor and Testing It
Chapter 10 - Making Rocket Chambers
Chamber Insulation - Paper or Rubber?
Installing Rubber Insulation
Chapter 11 - Making Nozzles and Bulkheads
Making Nozzles with PVC Fittings and Water Putty
Drilling Pilot Throat Holes
Graphite or Phenolic Inserts Inside The Nozzle
Making Bulkheads from PVC End Caps
Adding Delay Elements to the Bulkhead
Chapter 12 - How to Mix the Propellant
Required Measuring and Mixing Equipment
Measuring and Mixing the Ingredients
Calculating the Correct Amounts of Each Ingredient
A Safe Procedure for Mixing Propellant - Step by Step
Chapter 13 - Casting the Propellant
Required Casting Equipment
Using Simple and Cheap Casting Cores with Wax Paper
A Simple Straight Core Casting Fixture
Procedures for Casting Different Propellant Grain Patterns
Casting the Delay Grain
Curing and Trimming the Propellant Grain
Chapter 14 - Final Assembly
Gluing PVC Motors Together - No Internal Insulation
Installing Retaining Pins - If Using Them
Chapter 15 - Static Testing Your Motor
Basic Static Testing - Visual Data Only
Getting Approximate Burn Rate vs. Pressure Data From Only Visual Data
Measuring Chamber Pressure During A Static Test
Converting Voltage Output To Engineering Units
Using DATAQ software
Combustion Efficiency - Measuring C* Delivered
Converting Chamber Pressure To Thrust
Measuring Thrust During A Static Test With A Load Cell
Converting Thrust to Chamber Pressure
A Simple Load Cell Amplifier
IV. Designing and Building Your Rocket
Chapter 16 - Making the Rocket Body
Aerodynamic Compressive Loads on the Body Tube
Structural Analysis of the Body Tube
Compressive Strengths of Typical Body Tube Materials
Couplers - Making Your Own from the Body Tube Material
Aerodynamic Forces on the Fin
Nosecone Shapes and Their Equations
Chapter 17 - Mounting the Rocket Motor
Making Center Rings
Making Easy Centering Standoffs for the Motor
Chapter 18 - Recovery Systems
Sizing Delay Grains for the Desired Time
Electronic Activation of Ejection Charges
Determining the Amount of Ejection Charge
Sizing the Parachute
Drag Coefficients for Different Parachute Types
Recovery Zone - How Far Will Your Rocket Drift
Burn Rate Parameters For Some Propellants
Chapter 19 - Rocket Stability - Fin Design
Determining the Center of Pressure
Fin Design and Sizing
Maximum Permissible Angle of Attack
V. Flying Your Rocket
Chapter 20 - Launch Pads
A Simple Launch Pad With Angle Bracket, Hose Clamps and C-clamp
An Angle Bracket and Flat Plate Launch Pad
Chapter 21 - Electrical Ignition Systems
A Simple Direct Ignition Circuit
A Simple Direct Ignition Circuit With Continuity Buzzer
An Ignition Circuit with a Relay and Continuity Buzzer
Chapter 22 - Making Your Own Igniters
Using Composite Propellant for Igniters
Making Nichrome Wire and Resistor Ignition Sources for Composite Propellant Igniters
Electrical Cannon Fuse Igniters
Chapter 23 - Finding a Launch Site
Required Recovery Zones for Different Altitudes
Private vs. Government BLM Land
Chapter 24 - The Big Day ...... Launch!
Setting Up the Launch Pad and Electrical System
Distances From Launch Controller to Launch Pad Depends on the Motor Size
Preparing the Rocket for Launch
Chapter 25 - If at First You Don't Succeed .....
Determining What Went Wrong With Your Rocket
VI. Some Legal Issues Before You Fly
Chapter 26 - Is It Legal to Make My Own Motors?
ATF Explosives List
Making Motors For Use Out of State and In State
Chapter 27 - Do You Need a Waiver? Launch License?
What is Required
Chapter 28 - Getting an FAA Waiver
Filling Out the Waiver Form
What Goes in Each Block of the Form
What to Send with the Waiver
Where to Send It All
VII. Important Stuff!
Chapter 29 - Stay Alive and In One Piece!
Where to Work
Safety with Chemicals
Chapter 30 - Personal Comments from the Author
Appendix A - Some Motor Designs To Get You Started
Appendix B - Sample Safety Code for Launches
Appendix C - FAA Regional Offices
Appendix D - FAA Sample Waiver
Appendix E - Challenges of Large Solid Rocket Motors
Appendix F - Strand Burn Rate Measurements or "How To Determine Your Propellant's Burn Rate"
Appendix G - Suppliers of Rocket Parts
Appendix H - Thrust Coefficients
Appendix I - Drag Coefficients
Appendix J - Some Rocket Designs to Get You Started
Appendix K - Going Into Space or Orbit
Appendix L - Useful Internet Web Sites
Appendix M - Subsonic Mach Number As A Function Of Area Ratio and Gamma
Software For Successful Designing
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DVD Video For "Virtual" Personal Instruction
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Rocket Motor Design Classes Available!! - CP Technologies is offering a rocket motor design
class bundled with our popular "How To Make Amateur Rockets" bookset. The class teaches
students how to design and build their your own solid rocket motors. The instructor is
John Wickman, a professional aerospace engineer and internationally known in the field of
rocket propulsion. This class has been attended over the years by amateur rocketeers as well as professional
A highlight of the course is when students press the firing button on the control panel to test their rocket motor.
It is not an ordinary firing button or control panel. It is the original firing button and control panel used
by Aerojet, once called the "General Motors of Rocketry" by Time magazine. From this historic control panel was
test fired solid rocket motors powering Polaris, Minuteman and MX missiles including tactical missiles such
as Sidewinder, Maverick, Harpoon and many others. Students and their rocket motors
will merge with solid rocket history as they press the firing button.