• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Major code ASSY-MAJ
Aerospace Systems Engineering Major

Access to space and uncrewed aerial systems are rapidly decreasing in cost, driving new opportunities in communications, defence, and monitoring and management of Earth’s resources. Aerospace systems engineers have the knowledge and skills to design, integrate and control complementary space and aerial craft subsystems to work efficiently, reliably and safely together to support commercial and defence industries. As part of this major, students will pursue topics in space systems engineering, advanced propulsion systems, space instrumentation and control of aerospace structures and vehicles. These topics leverage particular ANU strengths in electrical and mechatronics engineering, intelligent systems, as well as expertise from the Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre and ANU InSpace. Leveraging ANU’s unique location in Canberra, Australia's defence capital with the largest concentration of defence and national security agencies, assets, and industry bodies in Australia, and existing links with the leading aerospace companies, such as Boeing and Airbus, students pursuing this major will have the chance to apply their skills early on through a range of industry projects and work experience and internship placement opportunities. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Proficiently apply engineering methods to propose and develop optimised and sustainable solutions to challenges related to the design and operation of components of aircraft and spacecraft sub-systems, and complete aerospace systems. 

  2. Formulate and evaluate solutions to engineering problems in the field of aerospace systems by selecting and applying theoretical principles and methods to meet aircraft performance, stability and controllability, and propulsion requirements.

  3. Identify and contrast appropriate monitoring and modelling strategies to predict and evaluate the aircraft performance under different operating conditions.

  4. Appraise the social, ethical, environmental, legal and economic considerations when designing, building and operating aerospace systems. 

  5. Effectively communicate solutions to technically complex aerospace systems problems across a range of mediums and stakeholder groups.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

ENGN2222 Engineering Thermodynamics

ENGN2228 Signals and Systems

ENGN3338 Aerodynamics

ENGN3339 Aerospace Structures and Materials

ENGN3223 Control Systems

ENGN4338 Propulsion Systems

ENGN4337 Flight Dynamics

ENGN4339 Aircraft Performance and Design

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