Introduction to Propulsion Systems

A white-hot flame surrounded by red hot exhaust shoots out from a J-2X engine gas generator.

A white-hot flame shoots out from a J-2X engine gas generator during a test at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. (Image courtesy of NASA/MSFC.)


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Spring 2012



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This course presents aerospace propulsive devices as systems, with functional requirements and engineering and environmental limitations along with requirements and limitations that constrain design choices. Both air-breathing and rocket engines are covered, at a level which enables rational integration of the propulsive system into an overall vehicle design. Mission analysis, fundamental performance relations, and exemplary design solutions are presented.

Martinez-Sanchez, Manuel. 16.50 Introduction to Propulsion Systems, Spring 2012. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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