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Field concerned with the development, design, construction, testing, and operation of airplanes and spacecraft. The field has its roots in balloon flight, gliders, and airships, and in the 1960s it was broadened to include space vehicles. Principal technologies are those of aerodynamics, propulsion, structure and stability, and control. Aerospace engineers in academic, industrial, and government research centres cooperate in designing new products. Flight testing of prototypes follows, and finally quantity production and operation take place. Important developments in aerospace engineering include the metal monocoque fuselage, the cantilevered monoplane wing, the jet engine, supersonic flight, and spaceflight.

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This page aims to list all articles related to the specific discipline of aerospace engineering. For a broad overview of engineering, see List of engineering topics. For biographies, see List of engineers.## A

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Balloon —
Ballute —
Beam-powered propulsion —
Bernoulli's equation —
Bi-elliptic transfer —
Big dumb booster —
Bipropellant rocket —
Bleed air —
Booster rocket —
Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program —
Buoyancy —
Bussard ramjet —
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Earth's atmosphere —
Electrostatic ion thruster —
Elliptic partial differential equation —
Energy —
Engineering —
Engineering economics —
Enstrophy —
Equation of motion —
Euler angles —
European Space Agency —
Expander cycle (rocket) —
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Landing -
Landing gear -
Lagrangian —
Lagrangian point —
Laser broom —
Laser Camera System —
Latus rectum —
Launch window —
Law of universal gravitation —
Leading edge —
Lift —
Lift coefficient -
Lightcraft —
Lighter than air —
Liquid air cycle engine —
Liquid fuels —
Liquid rocket propellants —
Lithobraking —
Loiter —
Low Earth orbit —
Lunar space elevator —
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Ablation cascade -- Ablative laser propulsion — Absolute value — Acceleration — Action — Advanced Space Vision System — Aeroacoustics — Aerobrake — Aerobraking — Aerocapture — Aerodynamics — Aeroelasticity — Aeronautical abbreviations — Aeronautics — Aerospace engineering — Aerospike engine — Aerostat — Aft-crossing trajectory -- Aileron — Air-augmented rocket — Aircraft — Aircraft flight control systems — Aircraft flight mechanics — Airlock — Airship — Alcubierre drive — Angle of attack — Angular momentum — Angular velocity — Antimatter rocket — Apsis — Arcjet rocket — Areal velocity — ARP4761 — Astrodynamics — Atmospheric reentry — Attitude control — Avionics —

Canard — Centennial challenges — Center of gravity — Center of mass — Center of pressure — Chord — Collimated light — Compressibility — Computational fluid dynamics — Computing — Control engineering — Conservation of momentum — Crew Exploration Vehicle — Critical mach —

De Laval nozzle -- Deflection — Delta-v — Delta-v budget — Density — Derivative — Displacement (vector) — DO-178B — DO-254 — Drag (physics) — Drag coefficient — Drag equation — Dual mode propulsion rocket —

Field Emission Electric Propulsion — Fixed-wing aircraft — Flight controls — Flight dynamics — Floatstick — Fluid — Fluid dynamics — Fluid mechanics — Fluid statics — Force — Freefall —

Gas-generator cycle (rocket) — Geostationary orbit — Geosynchronous orbit— Glide ratio — Gravitational constant — Gravitational slingshot — Gravity —

Hall effect thruster — Heat shield — Helicopter — Hohmann transfer orbit — Hybrid rocket — Hydrodynamics — Hydrostatics — Hyperbolic partial differential equation — Hypersonic — HyShot —

Impulse — Integral — Internal combustion — Interplanetary Transport Network — Interplanetary travel — Interstellar travel — Ion thruster —

Kepler's laws of planetary motion — Kinetic energy — Kestrel rocket engine —

Mach number — Magnetic sail — Magnetoplasmadynamic thruster — Mass — Mass driver — Mechanics of fluids — Membrane mirror - Metre per second — Mini-magnetospheric plasma propulsion — Moment of inertia — Momentum — Momentum wheel — Monopropellant rocket — More Electric Aircraft — Motion — Multistage rocket —

Nanotechnology — NASA — Navier-Stokes equations — Newton — Newton's laws of motion — Nose cone design —

Orbit — Orbit phasing — Orbital airship — Orbiter Boom Sensor System — Orbital elements — Orbital inclination change — Orbital maneuver — Orbital node — Orbital period — Orbital stationkeeping — Osculating orbit —

Parallel axes rule — Parawing — Perpendicular axes rule — Physics — Planetary orbit — Plasma (physics) — Plug nozzle — Pogo oscillation — Prandtl-Glauert singularity — Precession — Pressure — Pressure altitude — Pressure-fed cycle — Propeller — Proper orbital elements — Pulsed inductive thruster — Pulsed plasma thruster —

Railgun — Ram accelerator — Reaction control system — Redshift rocket — Reentry — Reflection — Relativistic rocket — Remote Manipulator System — Resistojet rocket — Reusable launch system — Reynolds number — RL-10 (rocket engine) — Rocket — Rocket engine nozzle -- Rocket fuel — Rocket launch — Rudder —

SABRE — Satellite — Saturn (rocket family) — Scalar (physics) — Schlieren — Schlieren photography — Scramjet — Second moment of area — Shock wave — SI — Single-stage to orbit — Skyhook (structure) — Stream function — Streamline — Solar panel — Solar sail — Solar thermal rocket — Solid of revolution — Solid rocket — Sound barrier — Space activity suit — Space elevator — Space fountain — Space Shuttle — Space Shuttle external tank — Space Shuttle main engine — Space station — Space suit — Space technology — Space transport — Spacecraft — Spacecraft design -- Spacecraft propulsion — Special relativity — Specific impulse — Speed of sound — Staged combustion cycle (rocket) — Subsonic — Supersonic — Surface of revolution — Sweep theory -

Tait-Bryan rotations — Temperature — Terminal velocity — Test target — Tether propulsion — Thrust — Thruster — Torricelli's equation — Trajectory — Trailing edge — Trans Lunar Injection — Transonic — Transverse wave — Tripropellant rocket — Tsiolkovsky rocket equation — Turbomachinery -- Two stage to orbit — Thermodynamics —

V-2 rocket -- Variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket — Velocity — Viscometer — Viscosity — Vortex generator —

Wave drag — Weight — Weight function — Wind tunnel — Wing — Wright Flyer — Wright Glider of 1902 —

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