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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 flight, propulsion, structures, and systems design. It also includes an entertaining historical perspective and an overview of current launch systems and spacecraft.

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!"

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.



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
-Orbit Calculations
-Orbital Transfer
-Orbital Plane Change

Lecture Four: Launch Vehicle Analysis

-General Equations of Motion
-Flight Within an Atmosphere - Subsonic, Supersonic, & Hypersonic
-Guidance Strategies

Lecture Five: Propulsion Options

-Chemical (liquid, solid, & hybrid)
-Air Breathing
-Electric, Nuclear, & Exotic

Lecture Six: Components & Design Case Studies

-Structures & Mass Properties
-Guidance & Systems
-Design Case Studies

Not currently scheduled for public presentation - contact Conceptual Research Corporation if you would like it to be.

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