Mitchell, Jeffrey C. Spaceport Graduate Center, Florida Institute of Technology, Satellite Beach, Florida.
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- Definition of space
- Aircraft and spacecraft contrasts
- Cost and reliability
- Escape velocity
- Propulsion requirements
- Guidance and control
- Auxiliary power
- Communications equipment
- Ground communication and support
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The engineering aspects of flight and navigation in space. Astronautical engineering deals with vehicles, instruments, and other equipment used in space (see illustration), but not with the sociological or economic aspects of space flight, except as they influence the equipment. Flight and navigation in space is also known as astronautics, paralleling the term "aeronautics" as applied to aviation. See also: Astronautics
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