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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (22 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457182920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457182921
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2.4 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Mike started programming on a PDP-8 using a teletype terminal. As the personal computer revolution got going he sold his car and rode a bike for several months to raise cash to buy an Apple II computer. He wanted to write a chess program but couldn't find a good assembler, so he took a summer off to write his own. Two years later he finished ORCA/M, which went on to become Apple Programmer's Workshop, the Apple-labeled development environment for the Apple IIGS.

Born the same year as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, Mike made the mistake of getting an education instead of getting rich. A slow learner, he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1977 with a degree in Physics, earned an M.S. in Physics from the University of Denver, and was Working on a Ph.D. when he started making more money from his sideline software company than from the Air Force.

Since then Mike has developed numerous compilers and interpreters, software for mission-critical physics packages for military satellites, plasma physics simulations for Z-pinch experiments, multimedia authoring tools for grade schoolers, disease surveillance programs credited with saving lives of hurricane Katrina refugees, advanced military simulations that protect our nation's most critical assets, and technical computing software for iOS.

Mike currently runs the Byte Works, an independent software publishing and consulting firm. He is a PADI scuba instructor who lives in Albuquerque with his wife and cat, enjoying being an empty nester and spoiling his grandchildren.


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This book takes the reader through building and flying several rockets, powered by air, water and rocket motors. The book also introduces the reader to the science of model rockets, from simple stability to comprehensive rocket science. For anybody who enjoys some of the physics, or wants to explore a bit further, this book is fascinating. Safety and rocket law are also explained. However the book is largely in imperial, not metric, and the parts listed are often not available in UK stores. However I have had little problem finding similar parts in UK DIY shops, and of course, from Amazon.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 21 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 3 May 2017
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This is a nice book. Lots of color photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!! I love it 26 Feb. 2015
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This book is absolutely loaded with great experiments for the beginner or the professional. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I believe anyone that has an interest in rocketry will also thoroughly enjoy this book. I don't believe that anyone can go wrong purchasing this if you're interested in getting in to the rocketry hobby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over G. Harry Stine and the 7 versions ... 28 Dec. 2015
By The Loquacious Aardvark - Published on Amazon.com
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Move over G. Harry Stine and the 7 versions of The Handbook of Model Rocketry. Mike Westerfield has written the definitive book on 21st century model rocketry. This is from someone who flew his first Estes rocket in October 1967.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of fun. buy the Estes designer special with the book ... 11 April 2015
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Hours of fun. buy the Estes designer special with the book it is a great start to model rocketry and designing your own rockets. Have fun!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amature Rocketry bible 19 Dec. 2014
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Great book. I am a high school STEM teacher and Scut leader and this book is great for teaching, building, and learning about amateur rockets of all sizes and types.
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