# Ultimate Simple Guide to Rocket Science

Learn the bare essential equations and ideas for aerospace engineering. No calculus. No programming. Just performance.

Have you always had a burning passion for space exploration but not the opportunity to study engineering at a university level? This course is designed to provide you the practical foundations for planning missions, a career in aerospace and an understanding of how to estimate the performance of your own designs and ideas.

What you’ll learn

• Plot basic space missions using Hohmann Transfers.
• Calculate the motions of most celestial bodies using Kepler’s Laws and the Vis Viva Equation.
• Estimate the performance of different rocket designs and create your own designs at a basic level.
• Understand the logic and operation of human spaceflight.

Course Content

• Basic Concepts I – Bare essentials and Newton’s Laws –> 9 lectures • 51min.
• Basic Concepts II – Centres of Force and the Suvat equations –> 11 lectures • 58min.
• Kepler’s Laws –> 10 lectures • 1hr 8min.
• Rockets –> 11 lectures • 1hr 24min.
• Mission planning –> 8 lectures • 1hr 11min.

Requirements

Have you always had a burning passion for space exploration but not the opportunity to study engineering at a university level? This course is designed to provide you the practical foundations for planning missions, a career in aerospace and an understanding of how to estimate the performance of your own designs and ideas.

In this course you will:

1. Learn the mechanics of motion from the basics at a gentle and forgiving pace
2. Learn the laws and rules governing the orbits of all celestial bodies
3. Plan Hohmann Transfer orbits, how long they take, how much fuel they need
4. Predict the performance of rocket engines and De Laval nozzles from first principles
5. Use the Tsiolkovski equation to estimate fuel requirements for any maneuver
6. Estimate launch requirements and drag
7. Learn the key aspects every rocket must have to fly stable
8. Learn to budget for mass on realistic missions

Rocket science is a deep and varied subject, so it’s no surprise that this course touches on everything from rocket motion to combustion chemistry. When you know the basic ideas and formulas it should become clear where to look to push your skills and experience to wherever you dream of going but you need to take the first step to get there.

Disclaimer:

This course is not a substitute for a degree in aerospace engineering or specialist consultancy, by purchasing this course you agree that the course instructor is in no way liable for any disputes, claims, losses, injuries, or damage of any kind that might arise out of or relate to the content of this course or any supporting communications between instructor and student.

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