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Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering (MS ASTE) - Overview 

Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California (USC)

A successful online WebEx session (in September 2010) for prospective Master's students in Astronautical Engineering resulted in numerous request from across the country to repeat the event. Consequently, we recorded (October 12, 2010) the program overview by Program Director Professor Mike Gruntman and made it available on-line. The second link is to a more recent webcast in November 2012.

USC Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering: Overview (53 min; 189 MB)

USC Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering: Overview (webinar, Nov 2012) (55 min)

MS ASTE - program update, April 2013

about USC MS ASTE in Acta Astronatica, v. 103, 92-105, 2014

Master of Science in Astronatical Engineering 

  • Advanced engineering dgree in a highly dynamic and technologically advanced area of astronautics and space technology
  • Specifically designed for those with B.S. degrees in science and engineering who work or wish to work in the space sector of the space/defense/aerospace industry, government research and development centers and laboratories, and academia.
  • Combines science and engineering fundamentals with specialized courses, many taught by specialists from leading American space companies and government space R&D centers
  • Many students work full-time and study part-time, taking courses through distance education network and residing    from sea to shining sea    across the United States
  • Offers pathway to positions in system engineering of space systems (especially for students with BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering)

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About Mike Gruntman

Mike Gruntman is professor of astronautics at the University of Southern California (USC). He served (2004  2007) the founding Chairman of the Department of Astronautical Engineering . He is an accomplished space scientist, engineer, and educator, with more than 200 scholarly publications, including three books , in various areas of science and engineering. His book Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry (published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics AIAA in 2004) received the 2006 Luigi Napolitano Award from the International Academy of Astronautics IAA .

Space:  From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight (webcast)
Part 1. The First Thousand Years. (87 min)
Part 2.  Space in 21st Century. (84 min)

Sputnik 1                                              Explorer 1                                    Vanguard 1

Recommended science and engineering books on Astronautics, Spacecraft, and Space Technology
Books, textbooks, monographs, tutorials, college textbooks

Recommended books on history of astronautics, rocketry, spaceflight, and space technology

Space mission and orbital mechanics instructional videos   ( list as pdf )
(Global Positioning System GPS constellation; geostationary orbit GEO; orbit circularization by atmospheric drag; Molniya orbit; regression of nodes; prograde, retrograde, and sun-synchronous orbits; rotation of apsides; Molniya communication relay; effect of solar radiation pressure; space and rocket history; and other videos)

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