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Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion

ASTE 575

Department of Astronautical Engineering (ASTE)

Viterbi School of Engineering (VSOE)

University of Southern California (USC)

Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering (MS ASTE)

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Instructor: Mike Gruntman

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Advanced degrees in astronautical engineering for the space industry,
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Master of Science Degree in Astronautical Engineering Through Distance Learning,
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Until spring 2023, this course, ASTE 575 Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion, was offered as ASTE-470. The course content did not change. Only the course number is now different for administrative purposes.
Mike first taught Spacecraft Propulsion in the mid-1990s. He then taught the new, updated course ASTE-470 from 2014-2021. During the last 8-year period, nearly 700 students (one-half graduate students and one-half seniors) took the course.

ASTE 575 Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion in Spring 2023 semester:
all course materials will be posted on the class web site at DEN's D2L in December.

One can get more information about the course content and organization
from the first introductory lecture in Fall 2021:
ASTE 470 – first lecture.
Note that the course is still labeled ASTE-470. The arrangements for the exams may also change in 2023 as we are returning back to normal from the pandemic turmoil.

In 2022–2023 academic year, ASTE-575 Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion
will be offered in the Spring (2023) semester. The day of the week and time will be announced when avaiable.

See also the astronautics course schedule
Note that shedules do change. Always check the course schedule with ASTE Student Advisor.
Class enrollement is unlimited.

Course webcasts. All lectures are available as webcasts through VSOE's Distance Education Network DEN – D2L to all (on-campus and remote) students enrolled in the course during the entire semester.


About Course ASTE 575


ASTE 575 Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion -- Course Outline

(see also a recent first organizational lecture of the course for details)

Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion


Only for students enrolled in Mike's ASTE 575

Class Notes (600+ pages) are essential and mandatory for the course.
The notes are available for download at DEN's D2L web site for ASTE-575 in the beginning of the semester.

Alsways start with reading the "readme.pdf" file for the instructions.

The full set of homework assignments will also be available in the beginning of the semester (at the latest, by the end of the first month of the semester).

To access the class web site at DEN's D2L, all students enrolled in the class (including all on-campus students) must register with DEN.

Note that the course notes are protected with a password that can be obtained only from the instructor (see Section 00, Part 2).


ASTE-575: Required and recommended textbooks

(The course notes are required.)

For students with astronautical, aerospace, and mechanical engineering background
(that is for those who had taken some prior coursework in thermodynamics and fluids)
all listed below textbooks are RECOMMENDED (not required).

For students with other science and engineering backgrounds, the textbook
by Hill and Peterson is REQUIRED, while two other books are recommended.

P. Hill and C. Peterson, Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion, Prentice Hall, 1991;
ISBN 9780201146592 .

R.W. Humble, G.N. Henry, and W.L. Larson, eds., Space Propulsion Analysis and Design, McGraw-Hill, 1995 (and later editions);
ISBN 9780077230296 .

G.P. Sutton and O. Biblarz, Rocket Propulsion Elements, Wiley, 2017 – the latest 9-th edition –  ISBN 9781118753651
(and other editions);

Many other textbooks and monographs – recommended by the instructor – on
various aspects of astronautics, space technology, and space systems are listed at
http://astronauticsnow.com/AstroBooks/index.html


There are 22–26 homework assignments.
Late homework (up to 2 weeks) is graded with grades reduced by a 50% factor.


Grading policy for ASTE-575 (subject to change)

Midterm exam = 40%
Final exam = 40%
Homework = 20%



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