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Rocket Vocabulary


Apogee the highest altitude a rocket reaches during flight
Ballast something that adds weight in order to improve stability or performance
Center of gravity the point on the rocket where all mass appears to be concentrated
Center of pressure the center of all of the drag forces acting upon the rocket
Constraint limit
Design to create or construct according to a plan
Drag force that acts between the object and the fluid and slows the motion of the object
Dr. Robert Goddard known as the father of modern rocketry
Hypothesis prediction based on prior knowledge or previous experimental data
Laminar airflow smooth, even airflow around the rocket skin
Liftoff occurs when the amount of thrust is greater than the weight of the rocket
Liftoff occurs when the amount of thrust is greater than the weight of the rocket
Propellant contains both fuel and an oxidizer
Rocket a self-propelled device that carries its own fuel
Thrust a force exerted upon or against an object to move it in a specific direction
Total impulse the thrust and duration of the rocket engine burn
Turbulent airflow uneven airflow around the rocket skin, increases the amount of drag
Velocity the rate of change of position along a straight line with respect to time
Wernher von Braun in charge of developing the V-2 rocket used during World War II
Created by: weever on 2009-04-23

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