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  • Systems Engineering & Engineering
    Systems Engineering & Engineering
  • NASA Fundamentals
    NASA Fundamentals

Skill Level: Open to all.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of aeronautics and astronautics, as well as an appreciation for the interdependence of key space mission elements.

This course is designed for all NASA employees, particularly engineers, scientists or managers who are either new to the space field or want to broaden their understanding of space systems and operations.

Related Resources

Resource Category

NASA SP-367 Intro to Aero of Flight Handbook


APPEL Library Resource

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe basic aircraft functions including aerodynamics, stability and control, structures, propulsion, and performance.
  • Explain the relationship between basic aircraft functions and aircraft design.
  • Describe NASA’s contributions to the aeronautics industry.
  • Define and describe important astronautics terms and concepts including those related to the space environment; orbit description, prediction and maneuvering; and payload and spacecraft design.
  • Calculate basic orbit and system parameters that drive mission scope and cost.
  • Compare and contrast different technical approaches for space missions.
  • Design a space mission given some basic goals and objectives and develop a top-level project plan for it.
  • Assess the technical merits of various space mission architectures.