GALLERY OF TOM SWIFT SPACE BOOKS
TOM SWIFT AND HIS ROCKET SHIP
Copyright, 1954, by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
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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