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Published July 1952 | Reprint
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A method for comparing the performance of power plants for vertical flight

Tsien, H. S.


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.

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(Reprinted from Journal of the American Rocket Society, July-August, 1952) Copyright, 1952, by the American Rocket Society, Inc., and reprinted by permission of copyright owner. Received January 3, 1952.

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