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"In science fiction one can say a great many things that are unpalatable, Ö because it's expressed as science fiction you can slip it past their defenses."
- Frederik Pohl

Rocketeering  
  Racing around in rockets  

Rocketeering, you know, is a lot more than just blasting the jets and lancing straight up and out into cosmic space. Have you ever seen a man-carrying skycraft that didnít take a run? The old aeroplane, autogyro, helicopter ó which didnít simply blast into the air, but ac- celerated slowly upward ó liquid-powered rocket or gyrotomic? Spaceships must also take a run, unless you want the human cargo inside to suffer a miniature egg-scrambling at every take-off.

Steinfahl, of course, used the predestined method of checking recoil and thrust-pressure in later rockets: the old twin hull idea. But that necessitated a freely suspended inner chamber, plus intricate hydraulic shock absorbers connected to the outer hull.

From Ra For The Rajah, by John Victor Peterson.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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See also rocketeer from Sunward Flight (1943) by Leo Zagat, in the sense of a person who pilots rockets.

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