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Rocket Man:

Robert H Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age

Paperback (352 pages), kindle
No rocket or jet plane could have flown without the genius of Robert H Goddard, the American father of rocketry and space flight.

Rocket Man:

Now in paperback, the life and legacy of the much-overlooked yet highly influential Robert Goddard -- the brilliant, eccentric, and controversial pioneer of the space age.

More famous in his day than Einstein or Edison, the troubled, solitary genius Robert H. Goddard was the American father of rocketry and space flight, launching the world's first liquid-fuel rockets and the first powered vehicles to break the sound barrier. Supported by Charles Lindbergh and Harry Guggenheim, he devised the methods that carried men to the moon. Today, no rocket or jet plane can fly without his inventions.

Yet Goddard is the "forgotten man" of the Space Age. After the Germans launched the V-2 missiles of World War II, the American government usurped his 214 patents and suppressed his contributions in the name of national security, until it was forced to pay one million dollars for patent infringement. Goddard became famous again; monuments and medals raining upon his memory. But his renewed fame soon faded, and Goddard's pivotal role in launching the Space Age has been largely forgotten -- until now.

Dr Robert H Goddard, the father of modern rocket propulsion...

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  • 16 Mar 26: Goddard launches the first successful liquid-fueled rocket
  • 28 Mar 35: Goddard records the first successful launch of a gyroscopically stabilized rocket
  • 09 Aug 40: Goddard launches his last test vehicle, a rocket that forces fuel into the engine by utilizing turbo-pumps

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