• Offered by ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kawsihen Elankumaran
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course
  • Graduate Attributes
    • Critical Thinking

This course explores fundamental and applied topics concerning aerospace vehicles, especially aircraft and spacecraft in flight. The course describes and assesses the performance of these vehicles based on the mechanics and flight dynamics such as atmospheric, orbital and attitude dynamics, under which they are operated. It delivers the design process of those systems using engineering tools represented by mathematics, optimization, articulation/control, numerical approach, based on the parameters governing their performance. It also covers topics related to the economic, safety and operational considerations for aircraft and spacecraft. This course also provides students with the opportunity to undertake computational simulations and experiments to understand and reflect on the covered topics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the atmospheric flight dynamics with respect to the key parameters of performance for an aircraft.
  2. Describe the aviation systems and subsystems onboard an aircraft and the design procedures relevant to those systems.
  3. Describe and identify the orbital dynamics and assess performance with respect to key parameters for a spacecraft.
  4. Describe the astronautical system and subsystems onboard a spacecraft and the design procedures for those systems.
  5. Formulate, design and computationally simulate the operation of an integrated aerospace system and evaluate and critically reflect on its performance against set parameters.
  6. Evaluate and communicate economic, environmental, commercial, safety and regulatory considerations related to the development, manufacture and operation of aerospace systems.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quiz/Homework (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Design project demonstration and report (30) [LO 3,4,5,6]
  3. Lab participation and report (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Student presentation (10) [LO 1,2,6]
  5. Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]

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130 hours per semester consisting of the following activities:

·       12 x 2-hour lectures, 3 x 3-hour computer labs, 1 design project, quizzes/homework assignments.

·        Self-study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks, and self-directed study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3338 Aerodynamics and ENGN3339 Aerospace Structures and Materials

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9163 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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