That's a good question. Another good question is what does CATO stand for? Next time you're bored, ask that one.Are those doohickies that propel rockets called "engines" or "motors"?
that would be cool!!Let's get every single rocketeer in the English-speaking world together at one launch, and have a big tug-of-war to settle it once and for all.
I try to refer to them as 'Motors'.. I feel Estes is wrong.
An engine is defined (loosely!) as a machine that make energy from mechanical means. the pistons pumping up & down to creat<script id="gpt-impl-0.5655488697115063" src="http://partner.googleadservices.com/gpt/pubads_impl_105.js"></script>e rotational motion & power, a steam engine doing pretty much the same work.. (has moving parts, that all work together to produce the desired work)
A motor is defined as a device that changes energies to produce power directly. An electric motor uses magnetic energy to produce rotational motion & power.. A chemical motor produces energy from a (controlled) chemical reaction..
http://home.earthlink.net/~fredeshecter/cato_origin.pdfI was really confused for a couple seconds until it finally clicked. I rarely run into B5 appreciators.
I prefer Catastrophic Take-off for CATO. Comes in motor, stability, and airframe flavors!