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Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering

Discover the fascinating world of aviation by investigating aeronautics, with a closer look at aerodynamics and flight mechanics.

Start Date: Mar 03, 2014 Topics: Design, Aeronautical Engineering, General Engineering, General History


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This course provides an overview of and introduction to the fundamentals of aeronautics, using the history of aviation as a story line. The course uses examples from the very beginning of aviation (the Montgolfier brothers' balloon flight in 1783 and the Wright brothers' heavier-than-air flight in 1903) and continues all the way through to the current Airbus A380 and future aircraft. This trajectory will start with a general introduction to aeronautics, to be followed by a closer look at aerodynamics and flight performance. Lectures are frequently accompanied by related exercises and demonstrations. The course also incorporates (design) challenges/competitions, based on the knowledge obtained through the lectures.


  • Dates: Mar 03, 2014
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructors: Mark Voskuijl, Nando Timmer, Jos Sinke, Jacco M. Hoekstra
  • Institution: EdX
  • Topics: Design, Aeronautical Engineering, General Engineering, General History

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