Aerospace engineering

Aerospace Engineer
Apollo 13 Mailbox at Mission Control.jpg
NASA engineers, seen here in mission control during Apollo 13, worked diligently to protect the lives of the astronauts on the mission.
NamesAerospace engineer
Occupation type
Activity sectors
Aeronautics, astronautics, science
CompetenciesTechnical knowledge, management skills
(see also glossary of aerospace engineering)
Education required
Bachelor's Degree[1][2]
Fields of
Technology, science, space exploration, military

Aerospace engineering is the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft.[3] It has two major and overlapping branches: Aeronautical engineering and Astronautical Engineering. Avionics engineering is similar, but deals with the electronics side of aerospace engineering.

Aeronautical engineering was the original term for the field. As flight technology advanced to include craft operating in outer space (astronautics), the broader term "aerospace engineering" has come into common use.[4] Aerospace engineering, particularly the astronautics branch is often colloquially referred to as "rocket science".[5]


Flight vehicles are subjected to demanding conditions such as those caused by changes in atmospheric pressure and temperature, with structural loads applied upon vehicle components. Consequently, they are usually the products of various technological and engineering disciplines including aerodynamics, propulsion, avionics, materials science, structural analysis and manufacturing. The interaction between these technologies is known as aerospace engineering. Because of the complexity and number of disciplines involved, aerospace engineering is carried out by teams of engineers, each having their own specialized area of expertise.[6]

Other Languages
Bahasa Indonesia: Teknik kedirgantaraan
Kreyòl ayisyen: Ayewospasyal
Lëtzebuergesch: Raumfaarttechnik
Nederlands: Luchtvaarttechniek
Simple English: Aerospace engineering
Türkmençe: Uçar inženerligi