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Mike's Videos

More than 1,000,000 (as of April 2016)  – yes, >10^6 –  views on YouTube alone!

list of videos list of videos as pdf

Mike's ASTE 520 Spacecraft Design and ASTE 470 Spacecraft Propulsion

article in Acta Astronautica, 2014 about USC Astronautics program


rocket equation coffee mug for rocket scientists rocket equation mousepad for rocket scientists rocket equation T-shirt for rocket scientists missile defense yes-to-engineering sticker for rocket scientists

other rocket science items


Satellite orbits and space mission design

Orbital effects of interest to space mission design and to spacecraft design

regression of nodes

prograde, retrograde, and sun-synchronous orbits

rotation of apsides

Regression of Nodes
(4 min 20 sec)

Prograde, Retrograde, and Sun-Synchronous Orbits
(5 min 30 sec)

Rotation of Apsides
(5 min 40 sec)


Recommended textbooks and monographs on astronautics and space technology


regression of nodes

satellite communications relay through a Molniya satellite

orbit circularization by atmospheric drag

Molniya Orbit
(5 min 10 sec)

Molniya Communications Relay
(4 min 15 sec)
(communication link between a satellite in sun-synchronous orbit and a ground station through a relay 12-hour Molniya satellite)

Orbit Circularization by Atmospheric Drag
(3 min 50 sec)


Recommended books on history astronautics, rocketry, and space technology


GPS satellite constellation

solar radiation presure and satellite orbit

geostationary GEO orbit

Global Positioning System GPS Constellation
(5 min 15 sec)

Effects of Solar Radiation Pressure on Satellite Orbits
(6 min 28 sec)

Geostationary orbit GEO
(8 min 54 sec)


Recommended books on origins of missile defense


North Korea satellite launch

Satellite Launch by North Korea in 2012
(18 min)

ice ages

interstellar helium flux

Ice Ages, Solar System Dynamics and Global Climate Change
(3 min 30 sec)
Effects of Solar system dynamics on global climate and ice ages

Interstellar Helium Atom Flux at 1 AU
(8 min 09 sec  – silent)

ENA imaging - next step

interstellar hydrogen flux

Energetic Neutral Atom Imaging: The Next Step
invited talk at the Fall Meeting, American Geophysical Union (AGU), December 2012
(15 minutes)

Interstellar Hydrogen Atom Flux at 1 AU
(1 min 00 sec  – silent)

2016 USC Astronautics Gradual Commencement

2017 USC Astronautics Gradual Commencement

Ice Ages, Solar System Dynamics and Global Climate Change
(3 min 30 sec)
Effects of Solar system dynamics on global climate and ice ages


Sputnik 1     Explorer 1     Vanguard 1     Astronautics     Missile Defense     Baikonur Tyuratam    Saryshagan    Rocket equation


Road to space

The Road to Space. The First Thousand Years.

The lecture (2007) presents the fascinating story of the events that paved the way to space. It introduces the history of early rocketry and the subsequent developments which led into the space age. One can download the slides of the presentation (pdf file).
The International Astronatical Federation IAFASTRO also posted the lecture on YouTube.

From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight

Space: From Firecrackers to Interstellar Flight

Part 1. The First Thousand Years. (75 min)
Part 2. Space in 21st Century. (77 min)
The two-part lecture (17 and 18 August 2017 at USC) focuses on (Part 1) science and technology developments that led to the space age and (Part 2) the critically important role space plays in the 21st century.

Ary Sternfeld, space pioneer

Socks for Yuri Gagarin

Ary Sternfeld. A Forgotten Space Pioneer.
(25 min)

Yuri A. Gagarin
Socks for the First Cosmonaut of Planet Earth
(article, pdf)


history of the United States

History of the United States in Two Minutes
(2 min 20 sec)
Hundreds of thousands of views and some hate mail from neo-Marxists


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other rocket science items


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


ASTE520   graduate course on space mission and spacecraft design
(largest graduate spacecraft design class in the United States – 1100 students during the last 10 years)

Space engineering (astronautical engineering) education


books by mike gruntman  –  Mike's Books

Blazing the Trail. The Early History of Spacecraft and Rocketry, AIAA, Reston, Va., 2004.
Winner of the Luigi Napolitano Award (2006) from the International Academy of Astronautics

From Astronautics to Cosmonautics , BookSurge, No. Charleston, SC, 2007.
Nominated for the Emme Award (2008) of the American Astronautical Society.

Enemy Amongst Trojans. A Soviet Spy at USC , Figueroa Press, Los Angeles, Calif., 2010.

Intercept 1961. The Birth of Soviet Missile Defense , AIAA, Reston, Va., 2015


Classic space movies and videos                         Models of spacecraft and rockets



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