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The Fire Arrow is a Chinese gunpowder weapon, reported to be first used in the year of 1232 A.D. when the Chinese repelled the Mongolians, in the battle of Kai-Feng. It is not the first form of the rocket, for a Greek named Archytas flew a wooden bird powered by steam, around 400 B.C. These fire arrows are said to be inaccurate -used only to impose psychological effects on the enemies. Basically, the fire arrow is a long, straight arrow made from bamboo with a rocket attached to it, launched on a stand of bamboo sticks. The accuracy of this weapon is affected by the straightness and length of the bamboo arrow; Forms of the fire arrow were introduced to, first, Korea, and, later, through Middle East to Europe. February 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → 28 February 2006 (Tuesday) Al Askari Mosque bombing: Sixty-eight people have been killed so far today in Baghdad, Iraq. ... Smokeless powder Gunpowder, whether black powder or smokeless powder, is a substance that burns very rapidly, releasing gases that act as a propellant in firearms. ... A Redstone rocket, part of the Mercury program A rocket is a vehicle, missile or aircraft which obtains thrust by the reaction to the ejection of fast moving exhaust gas from within a rocket engine. ...


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Shin Ki Chon is a Korean artillery weapon, first built in the year of 1448 A.D. and used during the Choson Dynasty. ... Smokeless powder Gunpowder, whether black powder or smokeless powder, is a substance that burns very rapidly, releasing gases that act as a propellant in firearms. ... A small Civil War-era cannon on a carriage A cannon is any large tubular firearm designed to fire a heavy projectile over a considerable distance. ... // Ancient and imperial China Much of the early Western work in the history of science in China was done by Joseph Needham. ...

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History of Rocketry: Ancient times to the 17th Century (1725 words)
These fire arrows were traditional feathered arrows propelled by ignited gunpowder housed in a tube tied to the arrow.
Once it was discovered that the fire arrows flew a straight path even after their feathers were burned up by the gunpowder exhaust, the feathers were completely removed.
At the same time gunpowder propelled fire arrows were blazing in battle, scientific papers on the subject of the preparation of gunpowder and its application in weaponry were being published in Europe.
Chinese fire-arrows (539 words)
Doubtless some of these tubes failed to explode and instead skittered out of the fires, propelled by the gases and sparks produced by the burning gunpowder.
Eventually, it was found that the gunpowder tubes could launch themselves just by the power produced from the escaping gas, and the true rocket was born.
During the battle of Kai-Keng, the Chinese repelled their enemy with a barrage of “arrows of flying fire” – the first solid-propellant rockets.
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