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This invention relates to rocket and rocket craft of the type which is propelled by a blast of combustion gases directed rearwardly through a discharge nozzle. Such a craft operates efficiently at high speed but is quite inefficient at low speed. The first part of a flight before normal speed is attained is very wasteful of fuel and the range of flight is thereby substantially reduced. Furthermore, wind drift and other undesirable effects are accentuated at low speed. It is the general object of my present invention to provide improved apparatus by which a rocket craft may be launched at high speed and by which the undesirable attributes of slow speed operation may be avoided. A further object of my invention is to provide launching apparatus which derives its power from the rocket blast itself. I also provide launching apparatus which is separable from the rocket craft and which is left behind as reasonable speed is attained. My invention further relates to arrangements and combinations of parts which will be hereinafter set forth and more particularly pointed out in the appended claims
rockets, rocket craft, launch apparatus, combustion, rocket launch apparatus
Goddard, Robert, "Launching Apparatus for Rocket Craft" (1943). WPI Patents Collection. 70.