Upcoming Courses


  • Design of Experiments: Improved Experimental Methods in Aerospace Testing

    Feb 26, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Overview: Aerospace researchers with considerable subject-matter expertise but little formal training in the design of experiments can improve their research quality and productivity through learning statistically based experiment design. A formal approach to experiment design ensures empirical model adequacy, quantifies variability in predictions and identifies all possible independent variable interactions. Built in safeguards protect against influences of unwanted variability. Examples are drawn from specific studies that illustrate resource savings, quality improvements, and enhanced insights from well-designed experiments. The class structure features lectures with in-class problem solving using software. Students receive note sets containing all slides presented, exercises and solutions.  Course Logistics: From 26 February 2020 – 16 April 2020 (8 Weeks, 8 Lectures, 16 Hours) Every Friday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time  (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download) All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course Register Here #GroundTesting

  • Fundamentals of Classical Astrodynamics and Applications

    Mar 4, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Overview:  This course presents the fundamental principles of classical astrodynamics and applications. It is intended for GNC engineers, spacecraft systems engineers, space mission designers, technical managers, and graduate students, who are interested in a comprehensive introduction to the classical astrodynamics problems, such as the two-body problem, Kepler’s problem, Lambert’s problem, angles-only initial orbit determination problem, circular restricted three-body problem, and orbit perturbations. This course is based on the instructor’s two AIAA textbooks: “Space Vehicle Dynamics and Control (2nd edition, 2008)” and “Space Vehicle Guidance, Control, and Astrodynamics (2015),”with additional new materials on emerging astrodynamical topics. This course will complement AIAA’s other on-demand course: “Fundamentals of Space Vehicle Guidance, Control, and Astrodynamics.” Course Logistics: Runs March 4, 2021 – April 22, 2021 (8 weeks) Every Thursday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time   (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download) Register Here #Astrodynamics

  • Hypersonics: Test & Evaluation

    Mar 18, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM (ET)
    Overview: This unique Hypersonics Test and Evaluation short course is an 8-hour offering that is meant to introduce students to high speed and hypersonic test. The course will introduce the concept of hypersonic flight and describe the critical physics that is encountered at this unique and formidable speed regime. It will briefly discuss the system benefits and uses for this flight regime and put in perspective, why system performance and evaluation through test for this important speed regime can create difficulties for the tester, test facility developer and project manager. Principals of test design for this unique flight regime will be discussed as well as descriptions and examples of the typical test capability types along with examples of each in the current ground test infrastructure. Course Logistics: From 18 March 2021 – 8 April 2021 (4 Weeks, 4 Lectures, 8 Hours) Every Thursday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time  (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download) All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course Instructed by Mr. Daniel Marren, recently retired Director of the White Oak Site of AEDC Test Division at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex  Register Here #GroundTesting #Hypersonics

  • Technical Writing Essentials for Engineers

    Mar 24, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Overview: This course is designed for engineers tasked to write technical reports, proposal technical volumes, and engineering process documents. The course techniques and guidelines were assembled by the instructor through his experience working on these types of documents during his career, and through the tutelage of technical document editors and proposal development consultants involved with these documents. The material is specific to writing needs of professional engineers. Almost half of the course is dedicated to learning a disciplined process for organizing and drafting documents and figures. The remaining portion consists of learning essential writing guidelines for efficient communication with a reader. Students spend course time practicing the techniques introduced in the lectures. Students must be able to use Microsoft Word, and experience in Microsoft PowerPoint is helpful. Between classes, students will be encouraged to complete optional assigned exercises that simulate the process for organizing and drafting technical documents. The students will email completed exercises to the instructor for review among the class in the following session. At the last session of the course, students will also get the opportunity to review other students’ (anonymous) document drafts. Instructor: Paul Park is an AIAA Associate Fellow and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Library of Flight series. He was a recipient of the 2002 AIAA Aircraft Design Award. Paul is the author of this short course, which he has taught to engineers at Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, Northrop Grumman, and engineering students at University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington, North Texas University, Stanford University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Course Logistics: From March 24 – April 14, 2021 (4 weeks, 4 Classes, 8 Hours) Every Wednesday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time (c lasses will be recorded with replay available ) This short course introduces students to essential technical writing skills for proposals, technical reports, and process documents. The course presents (1) a multi-step process for organizing, drafting, and writing documents, (2) techniques for creating figures, and (3), guidelines for creating clear and succinct technical prose. The course consists of lectures, in-class exercises, and recommended (but optional) between-class exercises that give the student practical experience All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course Register Here #ProfessionalDevelopment #WorkforceDevelopment

  • Design of Space Launch Vehicles

    Apr 6, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Overview: This course presents a coherent and comprehensive treatment of the fundamental principles involved with the interdisciplinary design of launch vehicles. It is recommended for anyone who is interested in a comprehensive introduction to all of the principles and aspects of launch vehicle design and development, including engineers of all types – systems, aerodynamics, controls, structures, dynamics, thermal analysis, propulsion, reliability, manufacturing, as well as researchers, mission designers, technical managers, and both undergraduate and graduate students. This course provides a survey of the material in the instructor’s AIAA textbook “Design of Rockets and Space Launch Vehicles” (2020), with additional materials on current topics such vehicle reusability and small launch vehicles. Instructor: Don Edberg, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona & Adjunct Lecturer, Astronautical Engineering, University of Southern California (USC), Former Boeing Technical Fellow Course Logistics: From April 6 – May 13, 2021 (6 Weeks, 12 Lectures, 24 Hours) Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time  (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; a copy of the instructor’s 1000-page textbook will be provided to all registrants) This comprehensive course focuses on the application of numerous engineering disciplines to the design and analysis of launch vehicles, including many practical applications not found elsewhere Course includes many illustrative application examples of existing or heritage hardware and optional practice exercises to enhance the learning experience All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course Register Here

  • Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics and Space Systems Engineering

    Apr 9, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (ET)
    Overview: This exciting, fast-paced 3-day course delivers the "big picture" of space missions from cradle to grave. Understanding Space is the ideal course for technical or non-technical professionals new to the space industry or who need a refresher on the fundamentals. Course Logistics: 9, 16, 23 April 2021 (3 Full Days, Bootcamp-style) Fridays at 1100-1800 Eastern Time (0800-1500 Pacific Time) Includes a copy of the course textbook   Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics   and a complete set of course notes All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course Register Here

  • Missile Aerodynamics, Propulsion, and Guidance

    Apr 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)
    Overview: This in-depth online course will cover the most important aspects of missile aerodynamics, propulsion, and guidance. The prediction methods presented in the course are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide better insight into the primary driving parameters. Typical values of missile parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems, technologies, and the current/projected state-of-the-art. Multiple videos throughout the lectures illustrate missile system and subsystems development activities. Course Logistics: From 14 April 2021 – 30 April 2021 (3 Weeks, 6 Classes, 12 Hours) Every Wednesday and Friday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time ( all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download ) All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course Register Here

  • Foundations of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

    May 7, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
    Overview: This 1.5-day virtual course provides a broad overview of the processes, practices, tools, and techniques that comprise the emerging discipline of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) with emphasis on practical application. The course examines the “why,” “what” and “how” of MBSE beginning with its basic value proposition. The course focuses on six central themes that comprise the unique advantages MBSE offers—Capturing, Connecting, Controlling, Communicating, Collaborating and Cycling. In this course, the foundations of MBSE are established by reviewing the systems engineering fundamentals and what it means to “model” SE. Ontologies, modeling languages and frameworks are then reviewed to establish a basis for their use in any MBSE project. From this foundation, participants are guided through a hands-on exercise to model a simple system. Course Logistics: 7, 14, 21 May 2021 (3 Half Days) Fridays at 1200-1600 Eastern Time (0900-1300 Pacific Time) Includes a copy of the course textbook   Applied Space Systems Engineering   and a complete set of course notes All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course