Design of Space Launch Vehicles

When:  Apr 6, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
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.


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