About the book
Our efforts towards the understanding of "Propulsion" have resulted from the satisfaction of cravings for the transfer of humans and different kinds of cargoes. It has been believed that the faster and further we move, the better our lives are. The means of moving to different places were first developed for purposes of transfer on ground, then followed by air and finally expanded to space. Much attention has been paid to the speed and efficiency of moving objects. Such development of these categories was first established by the creations through their extremely long evolution process. For example, the tough flight of birds in a long distance and the rapid movement of insects including a turn were all good targets for investigation of the flight mechanism. This research field is rapidly increasing and has attracted the attention of many researchers. However, our understanding is still insufficient to apply the techniques directly to the design of our vehicles capable of fast and efficient movements. The rule governing the mechanism is based only on the conservation of momentum, while there are a wide range of applications.
This book intends to provide the reader with a deep overview of the current state-of-the-art focusing on the development of vehicles in the air and space, and also on the locomotion of animals, such as birds and insects, and finally humans.