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MAE 146: Astronautics Introductory Lecture Space in our Society and as Engineer
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Lecture Goals and Outline Place the course in a broader picture Invite you to think about the “space enterprise” Goals   Plan  Before starting to study Astronautics, we thus need to understand: What do we mean by space? Why do we go to space? How we actually go there?  To understand the role of an engineer, we need to briefly learn about space systems organization. “Astronautics is the engineering science supporting human  (and robotic) activities in space”  MAE 146:  Astronautics Introduction BFV, 01/05/2009 1
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Which space? MAE 146:  Astronautics Introduction 2 BFV, 01/05/2009
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Which space? MAE 146:  Astronautics Introduction 3 BFV, 01/05/2009 Human activities in space are “confined” to our solar system! Still, that's quite a room to explore! If the Sun were 15cm across at which distance would the Earth be ? What would be its diameter?
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Which space? MAE 146:  Astronautics Introduction 3 BFV, 01/05/2009 Human activities in space are “confined” to our solar system! Still, that's quite a room to explore! If the Sun were 15cm across at which distance would the Earth be ? What would be its diameter? Answer: about 15 meters and 1.3mm !
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Which space? Human activities in space are “confined” to our solar system! Still, that's quite a room to explore! If the Sun were 15cm across at which distance would the Earth be ? What would be its diameter? Answer: about 15 meters and 1.3mm ! Robotic exploration Human exploration Commercial  Space  Solar System: farthest human made probe is Voyager (1977) which reached the physical boundary of our solar system.
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