aerospace engineering

aerospace engineering

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

Ablation cascade -- Ablative laser propulsionAbsolute valueAccelerationActionAdvanced Space Vision SystemAeroacousticsAerobrakeAerobrakingAerocaptureAerodynamicsAeroelasticityAeronautical abbreviationsAeronauticsAerospace engineeringAerospike engineAerostatAft-crossing trajectory -- AileronAir-augmented rocketAircraftAircraft flight control systemsAircraft flight mechanicsAirlockAirshipAlcubierre driveAngle of attackAngular momentumAngular velocityAntimatter rocketApsisArcjet rocketAreal velocityARP4761AstrodynamicsAtmospheric reentryAttitude controlAvionics

B

BalloonBalluteBeam-powered propulsionBernoulli's equationBi-elliptic transferBig dumb boosterBipropellant rocketBleed airBooster rocketBreakthrough Propulsion Physics ProgramBuoyancyBussard ramjet

C

CanardCentennial challengesCenter of gravityCenter of massCenter of pressureChordCollimated lightCompressibilityComputational fluid dynamicsComputingControl engineeringConservation of momentumCrew Exploration VehicleCritical mach

D

De Laval nozzle -- DeflectionDelta-vDelta-v budgetDensityDerivativeDisplacement (vector)DO-178BDO-254Drag (physics)Drag coefficientDrag equationDual mode propulsion rocket

E

Earth's atmosphereElectrostatic ion thrusterElliptic partial differential equationEnergyEngineeringEngineering economicsEnstrophyEquation of motionEuler anglesEuropean Space AgencyExpander cycle (rocket)

F

Field Emission Electric PropulsionFixed-wing aircraftFlight controlsFlight dynamicsFloatstickFluidFluid dynamicsFluid mechanicsFluid staticsForceFreefall

G

Gas-generator cycle (rocket)Geostationary orbitGeosynchronous orbitGlide ratioGravitational constantGravitational slingshotGravity

H

Hall effect thrusterHeat shieldHelicopterHohmann transfer orbitHybrid rocketHydrodynamicsHydrostaticsHyperbolic partial differential equationHypersonicHyShot

I

ImpulseIntegralInternal combustionInterplanetary Transport NetworkInterplanetary travelInterstellar travelIon thruster

J

Jet engine

K

Kepler's laws of planetary motionKinetic energyKestrel rocket engine

L

Landing - Landing gear - LagrangianLagrangian pointLaser broomLaser Camera SystemLatus rectumLaunch windowLaw of universal gravitationLeading edgeLiftLift coefficient - LightcraftLighter than airLiquid air cycle engineLiquid fuelsLiquid rocket propellantsLithobrakingLoiterLow Earth orbitLunar space elevator

M

Mach numberMagnetic sailMagnetoplasmadynamic thrusterMassMass driverMechanics of fluidsMembrane mirror - Metre per secondMini-magnetospheric plasma propulsionMoment of inertiaMomentumMomentum wheelMonopropellant rocketMore Electric AircraftMotionMultistage rocket

N

NanotechnologyNASANavier-Stokes equationsNewtonNewton's laws of motionNose cone design

O

OrbitOrbit phasingOrbital airshipOrbiter Boom Sensor SystemOrbital elementsOrbital inclination changeOrbital maneuverOrbital nodeOrbital periodOrbital stationkeepingOsculating orbit

P

Parallel axes ruleParawingPerpendicular axes rulePhysicsPlanetary orbitPlasma (physics)Plug nozzlePogo oscillationPrandtl-Glauert singularityPrecessionPressurePressure altitudePressure-fed cyclePropellerProper orbital elementsPulsed inductive thrusterPulsed plasma thruster

Q

R

RailgunRam acceleratorReaction control systemRedshift rocketReentryReflectionRelativistic rocketRemote Manipulator SystemResistojet rocketReusable launch systemReynolds numberRL-10 (rocket engine)RocketRocket engine nozzle -- Rocket fuelRocket launchRudder

S

SABRESatelliteSaturn (rocket family)Scalar (physics)SchlierenSchlieren photographyScramjetSecond moment of areaShock waveSISingle-stage to orbitSkyhook (structure)Stream functionStreamlineSolar panelSolar sailSolar thermal rocketSolid of revolutionSolid rocketSound barrierSpace activity suitSpace elevatorSpace fountainSpace ShuttleSpace Shuttle external tankSpace Shuttle main engineSpace stationSpace suitSpace technologySpace transportSpacecraftSpacecraft design -- Spacecraft propulsionSpecial relativitySpecific impulseSpeed of soundStaged combustion cycle (rocket)SubsonicSupersonicSurface of revolutionSweep theory -

T

Tait-Bryan rotationsTemperatureTerminal velocityTest targetTether propulsionThrustThrusterTorricelli's equationTrajectoryTrailing edgeTrans Lunar InjectionTransonicTransverse waveTripropellant rocketTsiolkovsky rocket equationTurbomachinery -- Two stage to orbitThermodynamics

U

V

V-2 rocket -- Variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocketVelocityViscometerViscosityVortex generator

W

Wave dragWeightWeight functionWind tunnelWingWright FlyerWright Glider of 1902

X

X project -

Y

Z

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