Monday, September 22, 2014

Make: Rockets: Down-to-Earth Rocket Science

U.S. Water Rockets is pleased to announce the publication of the new book: Make: Rockets: Down-to-Earth Rocket Science, by Mike Westerfield.
Hot off the press!

This book is a must-have for anyone interested in model rocketry. It is an incredible resource for beginners and experts alike. This book covers every aspect of model rocketry and includes detailed step-by-step instructions for building and flying a vast number of different types of model rockets, from simple soda straws, to multi stage solid propellant rockets, and even water rockets with servo parachute recovery.

The book is filled with an incredible amount of photos and illustrations, and tons of construction tips never before collected in a single place. Bolstering the value of the book is the amount of meticulously researched and documented science that is explained in plain English, which brings the highly technical aspects of rocket science within reach of everyone.

And if you haven't guessed it by now by looking at the book cover photo, U.S. Water Rockets was involved with the creation of the Water Rocket chapters in this book! It was great fun helping to create this wonderful model rocketry resource, and to help introduce Water Rockets to a wider audience. Who knows, this book may inspire the next Air Command to take up the hobby, like our contribution to the Water Rocket segment on MythBusters did!

Keep in mind that because of the long lead times involved in publishing a book of this scope, the book was finalized before we published our "Do It Yourself Low Cost Altimeter with Servo Deploy" ( and also before we completed our innovative new "Radial Parachute Deploy System" (, plus many other groundbreaking designs on our website (  Be sure and check out our links after you read the book for the absolute latest in Water Rocket research.

Show your support for the rocket hobby by reading this book, and remember that the holidays are fast approaching - this book would make a great gift!