Astronautics is the discipline of designing, building, and operating space vehicles. This field of endeavor addresses the design of space missions, spacecraft and in-orbit operations. Related technological areas include rocket engines,launch vehicles, orbital mechanics, satellite dynamics and control, space navigation and numerous others. An astronautics education provides the foundation for positions in space exploration, national security and numerous civilian spaceapplications.
The term "astronautics" was first thought to be the theory and practice of navigation beyond Earth's atmosphere. It was coined by analogy with aeronautics, as there is a certain degree of technology overlap between the two fields.
The term "aerospace" is often used to include both fields. There are several common technological concerns and restrictions such as those on mass, temperature and external force. In space, equipment must survive extreme conditions such as a high-grade vacuum, radiation bombardment and the effects of magnetic fields.
The field of astronautics began with Isaac Newton's 1687 treatise, Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. Other early contributions in the 18th and 19th centuries came from Leonhard Euler and Joseph Louis Lagrange. The theories needed for space flight were established early, but practical applications were not possible until the mid-20th century.
Today, there are many professionals working in important space-related positions who have not had formal training in astronautics. Launchspace has developed special short courses for those professionals who need to be conversant with key aspects of space flight, launch vehicles and in-orbit operations. See the partial list of course offerings that Launchspace can bring to your facility.
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National Student Space Conference 2021
London, UK (SPX) Feb 18, 2021
The 33rd annual UKSEDS National Student Space Conference, to be held online on the 6th and 7th of March 2021, will feature talks from Kathyrn Lueders - NASA's Human Spaceflight chief, Dr Timiebi Aganaba - international expert on space law, and Dr Yuichi Tsuda - the project manager for JAXA's record breaking Hayabusa2 mission. The National Student Space Conference is the premier event for students interested in space, bringing together students, academics, and professionals from across the country ... read more