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Satellite Launch by North Korea in December 2012 (18 min)

A spy at USC

Space: From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight

The lecture focuses on (1) science and technology developments that led to the space age and (2) the critically important role space plays in the 21st century.

From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight Part 1.  The First Thousand Years. (71 min)

The first part of the lecture discusses the early history of rocketry and introduces visionaries, scientists, engineers, and political and military leaders who opened the way to space. It concludes with the launch of first artificial satellites fifty years ago. Based on an award-winning book.

From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight  Part 2.  Space in 21st Century. (78 min)

The second part of the lecture considers directions of the development of space technology and applications in the 21st century. The ultimate frontier of space inspires the new generation of explorers and plays an increasingly important role in the life of the society, with particularly critical impact on national security, economic competitiveness, and government policies.

USC Astronauts - Trojans in Space

Professor of Astronautics Mike Gruntman gave this two-part lecture for the special Microseminar Program for the incoming freshmen on 22 and 23 August 2013 at the University of Southern California (USC). The Microseminar Program is a component of USC’s First Contact Initiative, whose purpose is to enhance interactions between USC faculty and undergraduate students. The USC Department of Astronautical Engineering offers a complete set of degrees (Bachelor, Bachelor Minor, Master, Engineer, PhD, Graduate Certificate) in Astronautical Engineering.

Yuri A. Gagarin - Socks for the First Cosmonaut of Planet Earth

The webcasts are courtesy (thanks!) the Distance Education Network of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering (MS ASTE)

GPS constellationVideos – space mission and orbital mechanics
(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)


Blazing the Trail by Mike Gruntman

  From Astronautics to Cosmoautics by Mike GruntmanBook preview

The history of the words of science
astronautics and cosmonautics
and the space pioneers who introduced them

 Book preview


Space education

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

Recommended textbooks and monographs on astronautics, rocketry, and space technology

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