Rocket Engineering provides teaching support to the Cranfield University M.Sc in Astronautics & Space Engineering. We can also offer Short-courses (see end of this page)
Further information on the world reknowned Cranfield course can be found at: https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Taught/Astronautics-and-Space-Engineering
Rocket Engineering’s contributions to the course at Cranfield include:
Propulsion Fundamentals: Systems classification, Nozzle flows, Off-design considerations (under/over-expanded flows), Thermochemistry.
Space Propulsion Systems and Performance: Propellants and combustion, Solid and liquid propellant systems, Engine cycles: Spacecraft propulsion – orbit raising, station-keeping and attitude control, Propellant management at low-g – alternative storage and delivery systems: Electric propulsion, Separately-powered rocket performance, Low thrust manoeuvres, Thruster concepts and configurations
Launch Vehicle Performance: Mission requirements, Vehicle dynamics, Tsiolkovski rocket equation, Launch vehicle sizing & multi-staging, Illustrative launcher performance (Scout, Ariane, Shuttle programmes) – launch site / range safety constraints, Geostationary orbit acquisition.
Expendable Launch Vehicles – Current Options: Vehicle design summaries, Orbital transfer vehicles, Comparative launch costs, Reusable launchers.
Reusable launchers and advanced propulsion including air breathing and nuclear.