Aerospace system development usually involves the design, manufacture, performance monitoring, regulation, testing, repair, maintenance and upgrading of aircraft and spacecraft and their systems.
Aerospace system development engineers often work in research and develop new technologies for aviation, defense systems and space exploration. Aerospace engineers are employed in industries whose workers design or build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, or spacecraft.
In reality, aerospace system engineers often have specializations. Enabling flight both above and below the atmosphere requires the cooperation and collaboration of engineering experts across multiple fields.
Organizations within these fields are responsible for designing systems that are both compatible with existing technology and sustainable enough to remain in use without the need for constant redesigns.
These systems are designed through rigorous research and development and built around several key aerospace engineering concepts. By studying these concepts, aerospace engineers can choose the field that they would most like to specialize in and take on a role in some of the most critical jobs.
The areas of specialization within aerospace system development are many. Celestial mechanics, for example, applies principles of physics to astronomical objects, including stars, planets, asteroids, and other organic material in order to project the motion of objects throughout outer space. Astronautical engineering relies on celestial mechanics to propel engines and avoid contact with objects in orbit.
Flight mechanics, on the other hand, involve understanding the four forces that play into successful flight: thrust, drag, weight and lift.
All of these forces must be balanced and react to changes in any of the other forces to sustain flight. Thrust is the result of propulsion and is controlled by engines, propellers, or rockets; drag slows a flying object down; weight is the effect gravity has on an object; and lift suspends flying objects in the air, often through the use of wings.
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