By John Carter
This notable real tale concerning the co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratory. by way of day, Parsons’ unorthodox genius created an excellent rocket gasoline that helped the Allies win global struggle II. through evening, Parsons referred to as himself The Antichrist. “One of the simplest books of the year.”—The Anomalist
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Work on the thesis moved him closer to Summerﬁeld and further fr om Parsons. Malina next refers to the rocket project a full ﬁve months later, on December 18. “Parsons wants to mak e some tests this w eekend” was all that Malina wr ote, causing one to w onder wh y he e ven mentioned it. ” And the group made the newspapers on January 26, 1938, when Malina and Smith tr aveled to Ne w York to pr esent a paper to the Institute of A eronautical Sciences . Clark Millikan had convinced the school to put up $2 00 for the trip— Caltech’s ﬁr st dir ect ﬁnancial support of the pr oject.
In his notes, Parsons remarked that he should switch from rubber tubing to copper tubing to prevent the tubing from burning up during futur e tests. A third test, on November 28, yielded four burns of v arious duration, the best of which w as 2 0 seconds . Parsons’ notes outline the various materials used in these tests , as w ell as their pr ocurement sources, as w ell as a r ecord of the test tak en January 16, 1937. Obviously these ﬁeld notes ar e incomplete. The long periods of time between each test are due to von Kármán’s insistence that the group analyze each burn before they start another.
He was co-author on several other papers, but this one w as his alone. The paper begins: In considering the practicality of various fuels and oxidizers for rockets, cer tain criteria apply which ar e not met with in or dinary internal combustion motor pr oblems. Since r ocket per formance is influenced by the ratio of fuel weight to total weight, and since the r ocket must car r y all the oxidizer necessar y for combustion, the ratio of total weight of fuel and oxidizer to the available ener gy is of utmost importance.