Upon course completion, students will be able to:
1. Identify and evaluate the different types of governmental and commercial organizations involved in the origination of commercial or military needs for an aircraft/spacecraft vehicle, and their interrelationships with each other.
2. Compare and contrast the varying approaches and phases used by different organizations in structuring research and development programs for aircraft/spacecraft vehicles and systems.
3. Identify and analyze drivers that establish aerospace system requirements whether military, governmental or commercial.
4. Assess the facilities comprising the current aerospace industrial base, and describe state- of-the-art materials and practices used in the manufacture, operation and maintenance of various types of vehicles.
5. Analyze the trends toward future manned and unmanned aircraft, and evaluate future system research and development proposals based on identified challenges (such as; mission requirements, aerodynamics, material requirements, and financial support; as well as internal and external political considerations).
6. Identify and assess the impact of the existing and proposed United States space goals for the 21st century on the research and development programs for particular types of spacecraft.
7. Identify and evaluate the political, economic and technical dimensions of proposed space missions.
8. Understand and apply the basic elements of orbital mechanics as applied to launch, flight, and recovery of manned and unmanned space vehicles.
9. Understand and discuss the parameters of altitude, period, and inclination for orbiting vehicles, especially those pertaining to the capabilities of military and commercial satellites.