Astronautical Engineering

Astronautical Engineering encompasses the dynamic and cutting-edge fields of advanced science and space technology. Space engineers design, build and operate rockets and missiles, space launchers, communications and direct broadcasting satellites, space navigational systems, remote sensing and reconnaissance satellites, space vehicles for human spaceflight, and planetary probes.

There is no better academic major than Astronautical Engineering in which to obtain the education and to acquire the skills needed for space engineers.

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Astronautical Engineering @SC

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Trojans in Space

Do you know how many Trojan astronauts were in space?

Tenth Anniversary

The ASTE Department celebrates their 10th anniversary.

Buzz Aldrin’s Visit

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin’s visit to the ASTE Department in 2006.

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Space News: On the verge of a space renaissance

After the recent signing of the Space Policy Directive by President Trump, Astronautical Engineering Lecturer Madhu Thangavelu believes “we are entering a renaissance era in human spaceflight”

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“One of the most powerful student-built engines in the world”

The student-led USC Liquid Propulsion Lab teams up with Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology to build and launch a liquid rocket

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