Spacecraft Mission Design
Go where only a few men, women, and spacecraft have gone before. Discover the history of spaceflight, from Isaac Newton and Johannes Kepler to NASA's Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions to the Mars Rover and current interstellar research. Explore how gravity defines the motion of interstellar bodies through orbital mechanics and apply the underlying physics to solve planetary and spacecraft orbits. Study the concepts and systems that would be required for a spacecraft and quantify how the size and performance of those systems ties into the overall mission. Learn how an entire mission is designed, from launch to orbit to re-entry into an atmosphere and the physics behind each stage of flight. Georgia Tech's top-ranked Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and its Space Systems Design Lab, where researchers are working to identify and assess new technologies and approaches for human and robotic planetary exploration, create a perfect backdrop for this dynamic course. *This course is open to current ninth and tenth graders only.