I am a Mechanical Engineering student who is very much interested in Rocket propulsion. Lately I have been searching for good resources to learn concepts about rocket propulsion. I'd be glad to get some suggestions on where to get started with the subject and what are the different domains I need to learn in order to get a good grasp of the subject.

I tried searching the internet but ended up with tonnes of videos and pages which left me behind in a confused state about where to get started.

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    $\begingroup$ I have heard space.stackexchange.com is pretty good… ex-NASA folks even hang out there from time to time. $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2022 at 19:47
  • $\begingroup$ @JacobKrall but I heard that nobody goes there any more; it's too crowded $\endgroup$ Sep 10, 2022 at 20:56

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A good starting point would be this very site's rather comprehensive reference section, which contains many propulsion references:

Resources and references on the topic of space exploration

If you are looking for an introductory text, one of the links there might be useful - namely

An Introduction to Rocket Missile Propulsion Rocketdyne Technical Training publication that covers basic rocket equations in a simplified manner. Annoying page-at-a-time viewer but a valuable resource.

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    $\begingroup$ This really helps. Thanks @Organic Marble $\endgroup$
    – Prasanna B
    Sep 11, 2022 at 4:51
  • $\begingroup$ @PrasannaB glad to hear it! Welcome to space stack exchange. $\endgroup$ Sep 11, 2022 at 14:38

Everyday Astronaut has a playlist called Rocket Deep Dives that might interest you. Since you’re a mechanical engineer, “Why don’t rocket engines melt?” and “Rocket engine cycles” would be very good starting points to whet your appetite.


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