Aerospace / aeronautical engineering

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Is there any difference between an aerospace engineer and an aeronautical engineer? Are they two words for the same job or does do aeronautical engineers fall under the parent category of aerospace engineers?

I know the history of it but all the definitions I get of aeronautical engineering mentions designing space crafts and satellite dishes so I cant see any difference between the two.
 

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Aerospace track deals with space systems (Satellites).

Aeronautics deals with sub-orbital flight (Airplanes).
 
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mgb_phys
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It also depends on who is asking. Many people/courses started using aerospace because it sounds cooler (or is easier to spell).
But British Aerospace ( BAE) make aeroplanes.
 
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laurelelizabeth
certainly sounds cooler, then you can say you're a rocket scientist :)
 

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