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ASCI 603 : Aircraft and Spacecraft Development

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Aircraft and Spacecraft Development
This course is an overview of aircraft and spacecraft development. Included are vehicle mission, the requirements directed by economics, the military and defense considerations, and the research and developmental processes needed to meet the vehicle requirements. Aviation and aerospace manufacturing organizations and techniques are addressed to include planning, scheduling, production, procurement, supply and distribution systems. The course studies aviation and aerospace maintenance systems, from the built-in test equipment to the latest product support activities.

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the research and development of air and space systems, both manned and unmanned, from the origination of commercial or military needs to the distribution of the product to the user. Students will gain an understanding of the governmental and private aerospace industrial bases and will research topics in advancing aerospace technologies, maintenance, and logistics methods.

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.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

10. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr Jonathan W. Campbell - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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