"Pyrotechnic Design and Development Manual"

Laurence J. Bement, NASA Langley Research Center, and
Morry L. Schimmel, Schimmel Company

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....                   Actual size is 11 x 8.5-inches

Pyrotechnic Design and Development Manual

Laurence J. Bement, NASA Langley Research Center, and
Morry L. Schimmel, Schimmel Company


A comprehensive andcomplete reference for pyrotechnic, propellant, and explosive materials; initiation systems and initiators; pyro actuators, valves, separation units, separation ("explosive") bolts, cutters and guillotines; flexible linear shaped charges; shielded mild detonating cord; bridgewires and cartridges; including test methods, reliability data, and pyrotechnic system safety.  (The pyro safety section is alone worth the price of this valuable book.  This information could save your life!)

Widely regarded as the "NASA reference masterwork" on these subjects, and written by two of the world's most respected pyrotechnic device engineers.  This is one of today's most widely used textbook on the subject, with more material (and far more detail) than any other text we know of.

If you're interested in serious learning on the topic of applied pyrotechnics, here is the one book you'll need.  It collects the decades of experience and knowledge accumulated in military and aerospace development and operational programs.  This is a systematic presentation of the large (and previously loosely-organized) body of existing successful design techniques and practices.  Its value and merit are obvious--these pyro devices work: they've made it possible to send men to the Moon, satellites into orbit, Space Shuttles to the International Space Station, and space exploration vehicles to Mars and beyond!  They're also used widely in modern aircraft, including all Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps jet fighters, interceptors, and bombers.

The contents include details about virtually every kind of modern rocket and missile igniter and pyrotechnic actuating device.  The book's contents show the scope and depth of material:




Many details -- all once highly secret ! -- are given for pyrotechnic formulae, initiators, devices, and subcomponents used in many military and aerospace systems, including:

  • Project Mercury
  • Project Gemini
  • Project Apollo
  • The Apollo Lunar Excursion Module
  • The Space Shuttle
  • Delta Launch Vehicles
  • USAF F-111 jet aircraft
Prepared at the NASA Langley Research Center, this valuable book gives the practical information you need to design and build a high-technology, state-of-the-art rocket igniters and other pyrotechnic devices. 

The contents are the result of more than 45 years of investigations by the world's largest pyrotechnic device contractors.  Literally millions of dollars were spent obtaining this critical yet hard-to-find data and information.

The detailed chemical formulations alone are worth the price of the book!  It’s packed with accurate information for the professional (and “amateur”) rocket scientist, engineer, technician, fireworks maker, explosives chemist, and experimenter.

There's also a very detailed list of 43 additional technical references.  You'll value the numerous fine, NASA-quality engineering drawings, figures, and tables that supplement the technical material:

Typical illustrations from the book (smaller than actual size)

If you design, build, test, or fly serious rockets or missiles (or make fireworks, explosives, or propellants), you'll want this superb reference textbook.  It’s especially useful for “amateur” rocket builders -- with an abundance of data, esoteric information.

Very hard to find and now out-of-print, this new limited edition has been republished by the Rocket Science Institute.  It's sharp, and clearly printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, 24-pound, acid-free paper for years of reference use.  76 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. 

$24.95

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