MAE146 Intro Lecture

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Unformatted text preview: MAE 146: Astronautics Introductory Lecture Space in our Society and as Engineer 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 to space? 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, 01/07/2008 1 What space? MAE 146: Astronautics Introduction 2 BFV, 01/07/2008 What space? Human activities in space are confined to our solar system! Still, that's quite a room to explore! If the Sun was 15cm in diameter, at which distance would be the Earth? What would be its diameter? MAE 146: Astronautics Introduction 3 BFV, 01/07/2008 What space? Human activities in space are confined to our solar system! Still, that's quite a room to explore! If the Sun was 15cm in diameter, at which distance would be the Earth? What would be its diameter? Answer: about 15 meters and 1.3mm ! MAE 146: Astronautics Introduction 3 BFV, 01/07/2008 What space? Human activities in space are confined to our solar system! Still, that's quite a room to explore! If the Sun was 15cm in diameter, at which distance would be the Earth? 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. Near Earth, Moon. Soon, Mars! Near Earth, Moon....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MAE 146 taught by Professor Villac during the Winter '08 term at UC Irvine.

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MAE146 Intro Lecture - MAE 146: Astronautics Introductory...

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