Spacecraft & Launch Vehicle Design Course
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The Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle design class from Dr. Raymer, the former Aerojet Director of Future Missions
After this class you can say, "As a matter of fact, I am a Rocket Scientist!"
This short course does for spacecraft design what Dr. Raymer's
aircraft design short course has long done in that field - provide an
entertaining and extensive introduction to the field, with an industry perspective
and a cohesive set of design and analysis methods.
The class covers the basics of spacecraft and launch vehicle design, orbital mechanics, space and atmospheric
structures, and systems design. It also includes an entertaining historical perspective and an overview of
current launch systems
Class objectives include:
This informative class evolved from lecture
notes Dr. Raymer developed while teaching at NASA-Glenn and earlier at Cal State University-Northridge.
It has been presented several times at Boeing's Delta Launch Vehicle engineering facility and at
NASA-Langley, and has been publicly offered at UCLA. The class de-emphasizes the chemistry and thermodynamics
aspects of rocketry, instead focusing on the overall
vehicle system design process. All material is presented starting from first principles, and should be
accessible to anyone with a basic engineering background. After the class, an often-heard comment
is, "Wow - that wasn't even boring!"
- Understanding of basics of space flight
- Ability to perform vehicle sizing & trajectory analysis for boost & orbital flight
- Definition, derivation, & use of the Rocket Equation
- Appreciation of current systems and historical context
- Introduction to vehicle structure, systems, & guidance
- Understanding of traditional propulsion concepts including liquid, solid, hybrid, ion & thermal rockets
- Introduction to exotic space propulsion concepts such as nuclear, solar sail, and antimatter
- Understanding of air-breathing propulsion suitable for initial stages & fly-back boosters
- Aerodynamics overview including boost-phase lift & drag, hypersonic, & re-entry aero
- “Conversion training” for aircraft engineers moving into launch vehicle, spacecraft, and hypersonic vehicle design
Prior participants have said...
"Raymer is an exceptional professor who provides a very extensive conceptual understanding in a short amount of time."
V. Scribner, Boeing Delta Launch Vehicle Program
"A stimulating, entertaining, and informative course presented with a humorous twist. This course made me a
better engineer." R. Cicone, Boeing Delta Launch Structural Design
"Dr. Raymer's Spacecraft & Launch Vehicle course left me with a better understanding of how history, physics,
configuration and integration have evolved into today's
vehicles. It's really helped me to understand my job better." J. Braithwaite, Boeing Thermodynamics Dpt.
"Raymer uses a short, sweet, simple presentation style that follows the KISS principle."
R. Muller, Principal Engineer, Boeing Configuration Management
"It is a very informative course. I recommend everybody working in the Delta program
take it." G. Fletcher, Boeing Delta Launch Vehicle Program
The course consists of six half-day lectures as outlined
below. Course material includes a copy of all
lecture charts plus an Excel spreadsheet for calculating launch and interplanetary
trajectories and their propellant mass requirements.
Agenda: SPACECRAFT & LAUNCH VEHICLE DESIGN SHORTCOURSE
Lecture One: Introduction
-The New Space Age
-Applications & Economics
-A Short History of Astronomy, Orbital Mechanics, & Rocketry
-Booster & Launch Vehicle Survey and Performance Data
Lecture Two: The Rocket Equation
-Powered Flight & Delta-V Requirements
-Derivation & Application of Rocket Equation
-Staging - Concept, Analysis, and its Ugly Secret
Lecture Three: Orbital Mechanics
-Fundamental Principles & Equations
-Orbital Plane Change
Lecture Four: Launch Vehicle Analysis
-General Equations of Motion
-Flight Within an Atmosphere - Subsonic, Supersonic, & Hypersonic
Lecture Five: Propulsion Options
-Chemical (liquid, solid, & hybrid)
-Electric, Nuclear, & Exotic
Lecture Six: Components & Design Case Studies
-Structures & Mass Properties
-Guidance & Systems
-Design Case Studies
NEXT PUBLIC OFFERINGS:
May be scheduled for public presentation in the spring and/or fall of 2017 - contact
Conceptual Research Corporation
for information or date preferences.
IN-HOUSE OFFERINGS: Contact Conceptual Research Corporation
(310-577-3773) for a price quote and schedule availability.
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