Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants, by John D. Clark

This book helps explain why some liquid propellants are “better” than others, and why some should be avoided at all costs! I really liked the chapter devoted to hypergolic propellants, but the chapters on monopropellants and hybrid propellants were also very interesting to me.

Engineering books usually only list technical data concerning propellant combinations, leaving it up to you to decide which combination will meet your needs. If you are designing a liquid bipropellant rocket, Clark’s book can help you make a more informed choice.

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