Contents

  • Introduction
    • Welcome

      Welcome to the Technology Education Resource Centre's online course in Rocket design. This course will help you learn how to build the best possible design for your rocket. Please read the notes carefu...

    • Objectives

      By the time you have finished this online course, you will be able to:Understand how rockets can only fly under special circumstancesUnderstand what makes a rocket go higher and faster...

  • The History of Space Travel
    • Early Rocketry

      Most historians agree that the first rock...

    • The V-2 Rocket

      Although many countries, such as Russia and America, had tried to launch rockets, it was Germany in 1943 who beg...

    • Sputnik

      While the Americans under von Braun were designing and impr...

    • The First Man in Space

      On April 12, 1961, Yuri ...

    • America Catches Up

      Although the Americans could have put the first man in space,...

    • The Race to the Moon

      In 1961, President John F. Kennedy pr...

    • Landing on the Moon

      Apollo 4 to 8 involved testing and making sure the Saturn rockets could get to the moon and orbit it. Apollo 8 was the first manned flight to the moon but it only orbited the moon and then flew back to earth. ...

    • The Space Shuttle

      Because the Apollo program cost so much money (everything else either stayed in Earth orbit or burned up in re-entry), NASA began looking for a re-usable system where the spacecraft could be landed and re-launched later. ...

    • Probes

      A probe is a robotic spacecraft that orbits a planet and sends back information about that planet, such as temperature, what the atmosphere is made from, what the weather is like, what the land below looks like and sends all this information...

    • Orion

      The latest project from NASA is the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle which is being designed to take a four man crew to Mars or asteroids. ...

    • Quiz

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  • Rocket Design and Propulsion
    • Propulsion

      Jet engines work by forcing air into a chamber, igniting fuel and allowing the resulting gasses escape, pushing the aircraft forwards. But in space, there is no air.  So rockets have ...

    • Thrust

      Thrust is the force that propels the rocket. Once ignited, a rocket engine pus...

    • Stability

      Rockets can be stabilized in a number of ways: LENGTH As we discussed in the Early Rockets section, the stability of a rocket can be controlled by increasing its length.  In olden times,...

    • Returning to Earth

      During the Apollo missions, the Gemini missions and all Russian missions, the crew stay in a capsule which is protected by a heat shield for re-entry. Using the atmosphere as a brake or ...

    • Quiz

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  • Planetary Rovers
    • Rovers and Landers

      Getting into space is one thing, but humans have long desired to find alternative places to live. Before we can live on another planet, we have to find out whether it is habitable. Do...

    • Lunakhod

      Between 1969 and 1977, the Russians launched a series of rovers to the moon. Lunakhod 1 was the first ever rover to move across the surface of a remote planet or moon. It looked like a bath tub with a...

    • Viking

      VIKING 1 and 2 These two landers were launched in 1975 and began transmitting photographs from Mars in 1976.  The program ended in 1983 by which time both landers had run out of power. They took soi...

    • Spirit and Opportunity

      Spirit and opportunity Spirit and Opport...

    • Curiosity

      Mars Science laboratory (Curiosity) ...

    • Jade Rabbit (Yutu)

      In 2013, China launched a probe to the lunar surface called Jade Rabbit. China's ambitious plans are to mine the lunar surface for valuable minerals and transport them back to Earth. Jade Rabbit was a first step in exploration.<...

  • Conclusion
    • Spinoffs from the Space Program

      Most people think of the Space Program as an expensive waste of time, and that it does not affect them in their lives.They couldn't be more wrong!NASA commercialised a lot of its design work and some of...

    • Final Quiz

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