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Liquid Propellants

NASA reference: Liquid Hydrogen as a Propulsion Fuel, 1945 - 1959, SP-4404

How to Design, Build and Test Small Liquid-Fuel Rocket Engines, Rocketlab/China Lake, CA - Highly recommended to the amateur interested in liquid motors.

Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants
by John D. Clark
Rutgers University Press, c1972,
ISBN: 0-8135-0725-1
Now available from Books on Demand
BOD ISBN: 0-8357-4395-0

Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines, Huzel - Excellent overview of liquid rocket technology, great index, lots of pictures and design examples.

This site goes step by step through the startup sequence of a turbopump liquid rocket with great drawings

Solid Propellant

Here is a brief course on rocket propulsion.

Morton Thiokol makes the largest solid rocket motors in the world. They wrote this excellent tutorial.

Hybrid Rockets

This site has a decent description of hybrid propulsion, but be aware that the term NOx is used incorrectly. NOx properly refers to a class of pollutants known as "Nitrogen Oxides", most of which are highly toxic.

It's been years since the Hybrids Now site was updated, but it is still one of the best hybrid sites out there.

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Long list of books

Space Propulsion Analysis and Design
by Nb, Ronald W. Humble (Editor), Wiley J. Larson (Editor), Gary N. Henry (Editor)
McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing; (September 1, 1995)
ISBN: 0070313202

Micropropulsion for Small Spacecraft (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol 187)
by Michael M. Micci, Andrew D. Ketsdever
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; October 2000
ISBN: 1563474484

Rocket Propulsion Elements, 7th Edition
by George P. Sutton, Oscar Biblarz
Wiley-Interscience; 7th edition (December 2000)
ISBN: 0471326429

Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol 147)
by D. K. Huzel, D. H. Huang
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Revised edition December 1992
ISBN: 1563470136

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