A rocket is a missile, spacecraft, aircraft or other vehicle that obtains thrust from a rocket engine. Rocket engine exhaust is formed entirely from propellant carried within the rocket before use. Rocket engines work by action and reaction and push rockets forward simply by expelling their exhaust in the opposite direction at high speed, and can therefore work in space.

Chemical rockets are the most common type of high power rocket, typically creating a high speed exhaust by the combustion of fuel with an oxidizer. The stored propellant can be a simple pressurized gas or a single liquid fuel that disassociates in the presence of a catalyst (monopropellants), two liquids that spontaneously react on contact (hypergolic propellants), two liquids that must be ignited to react, a solid combination of one or more fuels with one or more oxidizers (solid fuel), or solid fuel with liquid oxidant (hybrid propellant system). Chemical rockets store a large amount of energy in an easily released form, and can be very dangerous. However, careful design, testing, construction and use minimizes risks.

Rockets in Joe Steele[]

During the 1952 election, President Joe Steele gave a speech in which he suggested that soon rocket technology would advance to the point that there would be rockets that could travel half-way around the world. Speechwriter Charlie Sullivan had contributed only a little to the speech, and knew nothing about such rockets.[1]

Rockets in Southern Victory[]

Rockets refer broadly to a series of weapons developed by the Huntsville Rocket Society for the Confederate States in the Second Great War. These ranged from anti-barrel rockets or "stovepipes" to larger rockets used as antipersonnel weapons on the battlefield to massive weapons which could carry one-ton bombs over a distance of several hundred miles. It was this last version of the weapon which Confederate President Jake Featherston used to respond to US President Charles W. La Follette's demand that he surrender in late 1943.

In early 1944, Featherston agreed to share Confederate rocket technology with ally Britain, in exchange for Britain's uranium bomb technology.


  1. Joe Steele, pg. 399.