This course builds on the rocket propulsion portion of 16.50, and adds depth in the disciplines and trade-offs related to chemical rockets. A companion course, 16.522, covers the area of electric rockets, plus those small chemical rockets used for satellite propulsion.

Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1 hour / session

Class Format

  • 3 lectures per week
  • Occasional recitations / reviews as needed
  • One midterm exam
  • One final exam (covering the balance of the course)
  • One weekly homework set


Combined Homework Sets 40%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 30%