About Aerospace Engineering
Primarily, space engineers design, manufacture and test aeroplanes, autogyros, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. They also create and test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design. Aerospace design is so complex that a whole team of multidisciplinary engineers is involved. Critical thinkers, they must understand the basic principles of mathematics, physics and electronics. There’s a reason why we use the term ‘rocket science’ to describe something extremely difficult!
Aerospace engineering is split into two disciplines. Aeronautical engineering or aviation engineering concerns itself with the design of aircraft and propulsion systems within the atmosphere. Aircraft engineering deals with fluid dynamics, especially aerodynamics, and uses the essential physical principles of lift and drag. Aviation engineering requires an understanding of avionics, the electronic systems onboard a plane or satellite. The navigation, the display and communications systems need hardware and software designed by an aero engineer.
Astronautical engineering covers the science and technology of spacecraft and their performance inside and outside the Earth's atmosphere. Space engineering has to consider the effects of extreme conditions such as temperature and pressure when satellites enter orbit. They design propulsion systems dealing with solid and liquid fuel and ion drives. Space engineering involves heavy research into solar system exploration, mission analysis and its application. They design sophisticated life support systems to ensure the safety of the astronauts, especially during ascent and re-entry trajectories.
Employment within the Aerospace engineering profession is expected to grow by 6% in the next 10 years. R&D in Aircraft engineering is required to reduce noise pollution and give higher fuel efficiency. Space engineers can benefit from the greater use of small satellites used for communications and data purposes. The growing commercial use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, will also drive the demand for aero engineering. Due to the highly complex nature of the profession and its high demand, the average space engineer salary is relatively high. Often running into 6 figures, depending on experience.
The field of aerospace engineering is vast but the discipline can also be applied to many other industries outside of aviation and space. Their knowledge of thermodynamics and generators is applicable to the motor industry for example with companies such as Mitsubishi and MAN valuing those skills. A space engineer is familiar with navigation and display systems and could choose to work for TomTom or Philips in the Netherlands. Avionics is specialised electrical engineering that could be used by semiconductor company ASML. Fokker, in the Netherlands, offers exciting opportunities to work with one of the leading aviation companies in the world, designing state of the art commercial and military aircraft.
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