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From Italian, a rocket lit. rocchetto A vehicle known as a “bobbin/spool” uses jet propulsion to accelerate without using the air around it. When high-speed exhaust is emitted, a rocket engine generates thrust. Rocket engines operate entirely on the vehicle’s propellant; Consequently, a rocket can travel through space. Due to the opposing pressure of the atmosphere, rockets lose thrust but perform better in a vacuum.

Multistage rockets have an unlimited maximum altitude because they can escape Earth at escape velocity. Rockets, in contrast to air-breathing engines, are light, powerful, and capable of producing significant accelerations. Rockets use momentum, airfoils, auxiliary reaction engines, gimballed thrust, momentum wheels, exhaust stream deflection, propellant flow, spin, or gravity to control their flight.

Rockets for military and sporting purposes date back to something like thirteenth century China. Rocketry was the enabling technology for the Space Age, which included setting foot on the Moon, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that it saw significant use in scientific, interplanetary, and industrial settings. Fireworks, missiles and other weapons, ejection seats, launch vehicles for artificial satellites, human spaceflight, and space exploration all make use of rockets these days.

The most prevalent type of high-power chemical rocket typically produces a high-speed exhaust through fuel combustion with an oxidizer. A single liquid fuel that disassociates in the presence of a catalyst (monopropellant), two liquids that spontaneously react on contact (hypergolic propellants), two liquids that must be ignited to react (like kerosene (RP1) and liquid oxygen, utilized in the majority of liquid-propellant rockets), a solid combination of fuel with an oxidizer (solid fuel), or solid fuel with a gaseous or liquid oxidizer (hybrid Chemical rockets can be very dangerous because they store a lot of energy in an easy-to-release form. However, risks are minimized by careful design, testing, construction, and application.