What is Aeronautics: Definition and 21 Discussions

Aeronautics is the science or art involved with the study, design, and manufacturing of air flight–capable machines, and the techniques of operating aircraft and rockets within the atmosphere. The British Royal Aeronautical Society identifies the aspects of "aeronautical Art, Science and Engineering" and "The profession of Aeronautics (which expression includes Astronautics)."While the term originally referred solely to operating the aircraft, it has since been expanded to include technology, business, and other aspects related to aircraft.
The term "aviation" is sometimes used interchangeably with aeronautics, although "aeronautics" includes lighter-than-air craft such as airships, and includes ballistic vehicles while "aviation" technically does not.A significant part of aeronautical science is a branch of dynamics called aerodynamics, which deals with the motion of air and the way that it interacts with objects in motion, such as an aircraft.

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  1. Brystar57

    Engineering Is it possible for me to go to Aerospace Engineering at 37?

    Good afternoon everyone My name is Bryant, I am a recent graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, recent graduated of an M.S. in Aeronautics specializing in Space Operations since May of 2023 and but been having a difficult time of going for the Aerospace Industry. I have tried...
  2. S

    Wind Tunnel Simulation

    Hi everyone, I am currently doing my Computer Science A-Level project and I'm thinking of simulating a wind tunnel but I am also having a really hard time figuring out how to start. I am programming it in Visual Basic (XNA) and using Blender for models. Could anyone guide me in the right...
  3. Alanay

    Any good resources to learn aeronautics?

    Hey, I'm going to be studying Science and Engineering with my college soon. I like the idea of progressing in Aeronautics after the course. I also want to make sure I'm prepared for the course. Does anyone know any good resources to learn about aeronautics. I'm mostly interested in surveillance...
  4. vinicius0197

    Courses Choosing Between Aerospace and Control Engineering

    Hey everyone. I'm a student of Mechanical Engineering right now and even if I'm still a few years ahead to choose a field to major in, I like to have something in mind to focus on. First of all, I really appreciate the aerospace field. Airplanes and spacecraft were my main motivation in...
  5. vinicius0197

    Pathways for MechE in aerospace

    Hi everyone! I'm at the end of the second semester in an mechanical engineering undergraduate course. I love spacecraft s, rocketry, aircraft and all that aerospace stuff, so I'm decided that, so long I finish my undergraduate, I'm going to pursue a major in aerospace (maybe something related...
  6. D

    Variable Wing Area Concept

    Hey guys!, this is my final year aeronautical engineering project that me and my group are going to work on! we have this concept of producing a roll in an uav/RC aircraft by reducing the area of the wing on one side while keeping the other side area constant or increasing it(gradually) and...
  7. Robin04

    Student planning to apply for aerospace/aeronautics in the UK

    Hi, I'm planning to apply for the Aeronautical Engineering course of Imperial College London for 2017 entry, and I'm starting to realize that the next 2 years is going to be very hard for me, because it's not very easy to get an offer from Imperial. I'll have to work a lot and not just in...
  8. Y

    Essential Aerodynamics Terms for Beginners

    I want to start studying aerodynamics. To get me started, what are the basic terms that I need to know?
  9. ChimM

    Find Airspeed for Min Horsepower w/ 1800 lb Clark Y Wing

    Homework Statement For monoplane of Clark Y wing, 36-feet by 6-feet, with 3.8 sq ft. equivalent flat plate area, what should be the airspeed for minimum Horsepower when fuel has been burned so that the total weight is 1800 lb? Homework Equations Wing Area = 36 x 6 = 216 Weight = Lift Weight =...
  10. ChimM

    Calculating Tapered Wing Aircraft

    Hi, can you help me understand this? "the tapered wing having a 6-ft. chord at the root, the leading and trailing edges being tangent to a circle of 2-ft. radius at the tip, and the fuselage being 3 ft. wide." What should the diagram looked like? 2 circles, 1 with 2 ft radius, and 3 ft in...

    Guides for learning aeronautics

    Hello, I'm very interested in aeronautics and I want to learn it as a hobby (maybe I'll even make RC planes) but I really don't know where to start from So if anyone could guide me and tell me where to start from that would be much appreciated Thanks in advance
  12. J

    Programs Laptop to be used in Aeronautics Engineering degree

    In the end of September I will be starting my MSc in Aeronautics and since my laptop has stopped working, I will be needing a new one. Is there a laptop that most suits my specific course? Or engineering in general? I had a laptop in mind because it looked pretty good at first sight, but I...
  13. M

    Planning on Mechanical Engineering or Aeronautics.

    I'm planning on going to USA in school. If I take BSc in Mathematics is it possible for me to go to Aerospace engineering as major or Mechanical? I have searched many schools and some of them teach Mechanical as BSc. But if I will not get into school that teaches Mechanical engineering can I...
  14. D

    Programs Recognition of Bachelors degree from china (aeronautics)

    If i do my bachelors in Aeronautics from China(nanjing university of aeronautics and astronautics). Will it be recognised in the US, if i plan to do my masters later on from the US? * This university's grading system is different from that of the US, no CGPA. It has some other scoring...
  15. E

    Biggest problem facing the aeronautics industry?

    Hey all, I need to write a paper on what I think is the biggest problem facing the aeronautics industry in the future. So I suppose this is technically homework but I think it fits better here and could make an interesting discussion. Anyway, I have a couple of thoughts already but I'd like to...
  16. M

    What Career Options do I Have in Aeronautics (not Astronautics) ?

    What Career Options do I Have in Aeronautics (not Astronautics)!?? Its a frank question, I need answers. I'm going to have an interview very soon in which I'll have to answer about my ambitions, my career, where I plan to study...everything. I plan on going into aeronautics for sure...
  17. O

    Engineering Future of Aviation: A Guide for Aspiring Aeronautics Engineers

    Simply, what is the future of aviation? I have wanted to become an aircraft engineer for a long time now. But since fuel prices are going up, global warming knocks on the door, and due to the current state of the economy in the world, there will hardly be any job opportunities in this field. I...
  18. S

    Physics Aeronautics from a physics degree

    Hi everyone, I'm studying for an MSc in physics at the moment, in the UK and I have two more years to run on the course. However, I don't want to stay in physics when I graduate, and I'm thinking of trying to work in aeronautics. How easy is it to move from physics to aeronautics? If I...
  19. D

    Can I do masters in aeronautics after BMechE?

    I am in my first year of ME. I want to know If I can do masters in aeronautics after my Bachelors? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Regards, Abdullah
  20. benzun_1999

    Which Course is Better for a Career in Space Research: Aeronautics or ECE?

    hi, long time since i visited Physicsforums.com. I am stuck with a very important and basic problem. I am going to enter college and i must decide my couse. I like both Aeronautics and ECE. I want to end up somewhere in NASA, ISRO, space research organisation or something in the forefront...
  21. Integral

    Is Burt Rutan the Cray of aeronautics?

    Having just watched a video of the flight into the upper atmosphere of his new plane launched rocket, one has to wonder if he will be able to pass his design instincts and flair to others? Or are his abilities unique so die with him(whenever that may be)? Is this like the Cray supercomputer...