GALLERY OF TOM SWIFT SPACE BOOKS

TOM SWIFT AND HIS ROCKET SHIP

TOM SWIFTROCKET SHIP COVER

Copyright, 1954, by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.


DISCUSSION

Tom Swift's rocket ship's design is identical to rocket concepts dating back to early pulp science fiction stories. A common feature of the above design includes the three engines positioned at the tips of the aero-stabilizes in the tail of the ship. Their purpose is guidance. Selective firing of the triad of smaller rockets provides Tom's ship steering during thrusting of the main core rocket engine. Such a control scheme enables pitch, roll, and yaw maneuvers. Click here for a description of this type maneuvering system from a 1940s pulp publication.


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