Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Program Details

Astronautical Engineering
Current as of: 04/25/2014

Degree Type: MS

 
Program Description

The Graduate Astronautical Engineering (GA) program is designed to provide astronautical engineering specialists for the Air Force. Astronautical engineering is dedicated to the design, testing, and development of spacecraft, missiles, launch vehicles, and related systems. In the traditional program, students enter as a class in September and graduate in 18 months. The Master's degree program in Astronautical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Enrollment and graduation data for ABET-accredited GA Master's degree program are located on AFIT's Institutional Data webpage.
 

Educational Objectives

This program provides the student with a broad education in the scientific and engineering disciplines associated with Astronautical engineering. Our Program Educational Objectives are to provide graduates who:

  • Make direct contributions to the area of astronautical engineering as a practicing engineer.

  • Successfully evaluate, monitor, and administer astronautical research and development projects.

  • Use their AFIT education to approach and solve new technological challenges to meet the needs of the Department of Defense.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates of the GA program will be able to apply sound engineering principles to solve Air Force and Department of Defense problems.
  2. Graduates of the GA program will be able to communicate technical information, viaoral presentations and written documents, to a wide range of audiences, including engineering professionals and senior military officers.
  3. Graduates of the GA Program will understand the principles of orbital mechanics. Graduates will be able to describe Keplerian motion, major perturbations to Keplerianmotion, and be able to plan orbital maneuvers.
  4. Graduates of the GA program will be prepared to describe and discuss significant aspects of the space environment and their effect on Earth-orbiting spacecraft.
  5. Graduates of the GA program will be able to model spacecraft attitude dynamics and synthesize control laws to control spacecraft attitude. Graduates will understand transformations due to coordinate frame translation and rotations.
  6. Graduates of the GA program will have a basic understanding of modern communication principles as they relate to satellite communications. Graduates will recognize methods of 28 modulation, multiplexing, and encoding. Graduates will be able to perform simple link margin analyses needed to establish initial design requirements.
  7. Graduates of the GA program will be prepared to describe essential features of rocket propulsion including: performance parameters, propellant types, rocket staging, and fluid mechanics as it pertains to rocket propulsion.
  8. Graduates of the GA program will be able to conduct basic analyses of space structures including deformation from tension, torsion, shear, and bending.
  9. Graduates of the GA program will have a basic understanding of the remote sensing process, and be able to recognize key concepts relating to optical systems, imaging, spatial and spectral resolution, and atmospheric absorption and scattering.

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