Aerodynamics and flight mechanics for control engineering

In summary: Those who write the actual firmware are usually EE or CEs, while those who derive the control laws are usually engineers with a background in mechanics or aerodynamics.
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I have a huge interest in aviation and aerodynamics, despite being an EE student. I took Fluid Mechanics courses as electives, and I'm learning some aerodynamics on my own. I was thinking if there is any field of work where the knowledge of both an EE and aerodynamics/flight mechanics would be useful, and I've thought about control engineering (GNC engineering).

I wonder how much aerodynamics should a GNC engineer know to write control codes for aerospace firmware. I think it would be an exciting field to be in. Any ideas?
 
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navierstokes said:
I have a huge interest in aviation and aerodynamics, despite being an EE student. I took Fluid Mechanics courses as electives, and I'm learning some aerodynamics on my own. I was thinking if there is any field of work where the knowledge of both an EE and aerodynamics/flight mechanics would be useful, and I've thought about control engineering (GNC engineering).

I wonder how much aerodynamics should a GNC engineer know to write control codes for aerospace firmware. I think it would be an exciting field to be in. Any ideas?
For writing the actual firmware, many engineers know very little aerodynamics! Many of the firmware guys are EEs or CEs and would be given requirements by the aerodynamics guys and work with them.

With a EE background and also a few fluids classes you would be well suited to move into the GNC group.
 
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donpacino said:
For writing the actual firmware, many engineers know very little aerodynamics! Many of the firmware guys are EEs or CEs and would be given requirements by the aerodynamics guys and work with them.

With a EE background and also a few fluids classes you would be well suited to move into the GNC group.

Are people in GNC group divided between those who write the actual firmware and those who derive the control laws? If so, I imagine that those who derive control laws should be familiar with things like flight mechanics and aerodynamics for system modelling and so. Is this right?
 

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Aerodynamics is the study of how air flows around objects, such as airplanes. It is an important factor in flight mechanics because it determines how the airplane will move and how much lift it can generate to stay in the air.

2. How does control engineering play a role in aerodynamics and flight mechanics?

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