Above: NASA has awarded private space companies SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Sierra Nevada Corporation contracts to supply the International Space Station from 2019 through 2024 flying cargo missions to the orbiting laboratory. Like NASA’s space shuttle, Dream Chaser is a reusable space plane.
What's New: —Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit the station. Since then SpaceX has made multiple flights to the space station, both delivering and returning cargo for NASA. Falcon 9, along with the Dragon spacecraft, was designed from the outset to deliver humans into space and under an agreement with NASA, SpaceX is actively working toward that goal.
Aerospace describes the human effort in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
and business to fly in
the atmosphere of Earth (aeronautics)
and surrounding space (astronautics).
research, design, manufacture, operate
and maintain aircraft and spacecraft.
Aerospace activities and careers are very diverse, with a multitude of commercial, industrial and military applications.
There is an infinite amount of information available on all things related to Aerospace.
This website to help you start your journey.
Lockheed Martin Flight
The Planetary Society
Deep Space Network
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
European Southern Observatory
James Webb Telescope
STEM FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Aerospace Education Program
Attract and retain students in STEM disciplines —To compete effectively for the minds, imaginations and career ambitions of America’s young people, AeroED Group focuses on engaging and retaining students in STEM education programs. The goal is to encourage their pursuit of educational disciplines critical to America’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions. Topics include aerodynamics, propulsion, materials science, space operations, meteorology, robotics, with emphasis on application of STEM. Many additional topics can be tailored for specific needs.
Engage American Youth and Teachers — The AeroED Group builds strategic partnerships and linkages between STEM formal and informal education providers. Through hands-on, interactive, educational activities, the AeroED Group will engage students, educators, families, the general public and all agency stakeholders to increase American science and technology literacy.
TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. This is for teachers responsible for implementing STEM in the school classrooms. The focus is to orient teachers about the robustness and use of aerospace.
San Diego Museums
Air & Space Museum
Air & Space Museum Annex
Ruben H. Fleet
Allen Airways Flying Museum
Air Group One/CAF
STUDENT AND TEACHER PROJECTS.
SCHOOLS CLASSROOM/ASSEMBLY PRESENTATIONS. This program features a multitude of opportunities concerning STEM academics, career potential, motivation, or aviation history.
AFTER-SCHOOL STEM PROGRAM. This program features assistance to local teachers who wish to include aviation as part of their project. Pilots or other aviation instructors are eager to engage and offer their skills.
MOBILE FLIGHT SIMULATOR PROJECT. A unique mobile simulator system can be custom integrated to enhance any of the above offerings. Hands-on piloting, with a structured goal supervised by a qualified pilot, will reinforce the student experience.
FIELD TRIPS TO MILITARY AIRFIELDS, AVIATION MUSEUMS, OTHER AIRPORTS. These facilities readily offer an open door for youth groups to witness the results and application of STEM topics. Other locations include the San Diego regional airports and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) control systems.
ONLINE EDUCATION TOPICS. Our AeroED Group website features aviation educational materials and links. Students may ask questions or chat about a topic.
MORE PROJECTS. AeroED Group augments STEM programs with the opportunity to engage youth and teachers in other aviation experiences such as building projects, collaboration with aerospace industry visits, professional role models and mentors. Orientation flights in light aircraft will also enhance all other experiences.
SUPPORTING STAFF CONSORTIUM. AeroED Group seeks volunteers: Retired/available professionals looking for meaningful activity. Preferably experienced Aerospace engineers, HR career placement/internship experts, manufacturers, managers, administrators, educators, and mentors/leaders.
Flight is the process by which an object moves, through an atmosphere (especially the air) or beyond it (as in the case of spaceflight), by generating aerodynamic lift, propulsive thrust, aerostatically using buoyancy, or by movement, without direct support from any surface.
The engineering aspects of flight are studied in aerospace engineering which is subdivided into aeronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through the air, and astronautics, the study of vehicles that travel through space, and in ballistics, the study of the flight of projectiles.