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new course: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering II

Today we have published a new bachelor course: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering II. The second part of the Introduction course.

This part of the course Introduction to Aerospace Engineering is focused on two aerospace disciplines: “space and orbital mechanics” and “structures and materials”. These topics are discussed in detail and will provide an understanding for both aircraft and for spacecraft/space missions.
Study Goals:
-List/describe the reasons for going into space and the principles of rockets, including their trajectories.
– Motivate the selection of spacecraft configurations depending on the mission and identify the main elements of a satellite.
– Describe the features of the space environment and their consequences for space activities.
– Determine elementary satellite orbits, transfer orbits and maneuvers
– Describe and work with elementary space propulsion aspects: launch, velocity budget and rocket equation
– List the characteristics of typical aerospace materials & structures and describe their meaning and relevance
– List the main structural elements of an aerospace vehicle and describe their functions and performance.

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