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Course Detail

Course Name Introduction to Aerospace Technology
Course Code 15 AES 111
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Semester Two
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Visual Content (video) about Atmospheric Dynamics and its Influence on Flying Machines – History of Aviation (visual content) – Types of Flying Machines, Major Components of an Aircraft, and their Functions (visual content) – Aircraft vs Rotorcraft (visual content) – Basic Instruments for Flying (visual content) – Physical Properties and Structure of the Atmosphere: Temperature, Pressure and Altitude Relationships.

Unit 2

Newton’s Law of Motions Applied to Aeronautics: Evolution of Lift, Drag and Moment – Aerofoils – General Types of Construction: Monocoque and Semimonocoque – Typical Wing and Fuselage Structure (visual content) – Basic Ideas about Piston, Turboprop and Jet Engines – Use of Propeller and Jets for Thrust Production (visual content) – Stealth Technology: History and Principles.

Unit 3

History of Space flight (visual content) – Major Components of Rocket, Spacecraft and their Functions (visual content) – Principles of Rocket Engines – The Solar System and the Copernican Model – Kepler’s Laws – Orbital Motion – Satellite Orbits – Earth’s Outer Atmosphere (visual content).

Text Books

  1. Anderson J. D, “Introduction to Flight,” 7th edition, McGraw Hill, 2011


  • Anderson, D. F and Eberhatdt S, “Understanding Flight,” 2nd edition, McGraw, 2009.
  • Turner M. J, “Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion,” 3rd edition, Springer, 2009.
  • Curtis H. D, “Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students,” 3rd edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2013.
  • Paul A Suhler, “From Rainbow to Gusto: Stealth and the Design of the Lockheed Blackbird,” AIAA, 2009

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