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Course Detail

Course Name Introduction to Aerospace Technology
Course Code 19AEE111
Program B. Tech. (Bachelor of Technology) in Civil Engineering, B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Semester Two
Year Taught 2019

Pre-Requisites and Outcomes

Module I

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.

Module II

Newton’s Law of Motions Applied to Aeronautics: Evolution of Lift, Drag and Moment – Aerofoils – General Types of Construction: Monocoque and Semi-monocoque – 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.

Module III

History of Spaceflight (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).

Course Outcomes

CO1: Identify the Atmosphere and its levels; Examine effects of the weather on flight.

CO2: Remember the historic attempts at flying; major components of flying machines and aerial navigation

CO3: Understand Newton’s equations of motion of flying vehicles; define various terms : Lift, Drag, Moments, airfoil, monocoque and semimonocoque structures.

CO4: Categorize and subsume thrust production in various types of engines for flight; recognize the principles of Stealth technology.

CO5: Realize the Solar system and its formation; get introduced to MAVs; know the impact of Ptolemic and Copernican systems on planetary motion.

CO6 : Apply Kepler’s laws of planetary motion; Recognize various orbits; Know Space beyond solar system.

Course Articulation Matrix: Correlation level [ 1: low, 2: medium, 3:High)

CO1 2 3 3 2 1 3
CO2 3 2 2 2
CO3 3 2 2 3 3 3
CO4 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3
CO5 3 1 2 2 1
CO6 3 3 2 2 3 3 3

Text Book / References

Text Book:

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


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

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