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View Resource Introduction to Space Flight

These online lecture notes introduce students to the basics of space flight. Topics covered include: rocket motors, history of rockets, the scientific method, astronomy basics, the solar system, the universe, space flight missions, spacecraft, remote sensing, astronauts, and future spaceflight missions. This website also provides useful links and exercises intended for students taking this...

View Resource Far-out Pathways to Space

This is a set of six web pages, authored and curated by David P. Stern, describing four unconventional methods of accelerating spacecraft. These are using cannons, nuclear power, solar sails and ion rockets. Gravity-assist maneuvers near moving planets or moons, is described later in the larger work. This is part of the work "From Stargazers to Starships" that introduces physical concepts using...

View Resource Introduction to Aerospace and Safety Course

This document from SpaceTEC National Aerospace Technical Education Center presents a core readiness course which will serve to prepare individuals entering the aerospace field. The document is 74 pages and contains materials on topics such as space history, introduction to space lift vehicles, rocket science, orbital mechanics, rocket structures, and payload electrical power sources.

View Resource Rocket Engines

This video from SpaceTEC National Aerospace Technical Education Center explains the theory of rocket engines using Newton's third law of motion. This five minute video is one of the aerospace certification readiness courses.

View Resource Aerospace Systems

This pdf contains a syllabus for a course on aerospace systems as part of the Aerospace Technology Program. This course covers an introduction to expendable and reusable Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) systems including hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, propulsion, mechanical, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), and ECLSS (Environmental Control and Life Support Systems). How systems...

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