provide the essential
accuracy and standoff range capabilities that are of paramount importance in
modern warfare. Technologies for
missiles are rapidly emerging, resulting in the frequent introduction of new
missile systems. The capability to meet the
essential requirements for the performance, cost, and risk of missile systems is
driven by missile design and system engineering.
About every two-to-three months I offer a one-to-five day short course based on my textbook Missile Design and System
plus additional new material. The course is available through the AIAA
, and K2B
web sites. You can also arrange directly with me
for a course.
Since the year 1999 there have 87 offerings of the short course in 14 countries
on 5 continents.
I look forward to seeing you in the Missile Design and System Engineering
Summary of the Five Day Short Course on Missile Design
and System Engineering
The most comprehensive option for my short course is a five day short course. A system-level,
integrated method is provided for the missile design,
development, analysis, and system engineering activities in addressing requirements such as cost, performance, risk, and launch platform integration. The
methods presented are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide
insight into the primary driving parameters. Configuration sizing examples are presented for rocket-powered, ramjet-powered,
and turbo-jet powered baseline missiles. Typical values of missile parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles
are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems and technologies for missiles
and the current/projected state-of-the-art. Over seventy videos illustrate
missile development activities and missile performance. Attendees participate
in daily roundtable discussion. Finally, each attendee could design, build,
and fly a small air powered rocket. Attendees will vote on the relative emphasis
of the material to be presented for targets, launch platforms, and topics.
Attendees receive course notes and may also receive the textbook,
Missile Design and System Engineering.
What you Will Learn
drivers in the missile design and system engineering process.
tradeoffs, methods and technologies in aerodynamic, propulsion, structure,
seeker, warhead, fuzing, and subsystems sizing to meet flight performance and other requirements.
lethality, guidance, navigation & control, accuracy, observables, survivability, safety, reliability,
and cost considerations.
examples for missile systems and missile technologies.
system and missile technology development process.
Who Should Attend
The course is oriented toward the needs of missile engineers,
system engineers, system analysts, marketing personnel, program managers, university
professors, and others working in the area of missile systems and missile technology
development. Attendees will gain an understanding of missile design, missile technologies, launch platform integration, missile system
measures of merit, and the missile system development process.
My other, shorter duration (one-to-four day) courses are described in next page of this
The next public offering of the Missile Design and System Engineering course will be held in Columbia, MD during February
9-12, 2015. The short course will be sponsored by ATI.
I am very pleased with the success of my year 2012 textbook, Missile Design and System Engineering. It
is much larger in scope than my year 2006 book, Tactical Missile Design, Second Edition. The new book has 88% more pages - with
much more written material, figures, videos, and comparisons of missiles. Much of the new material is in the area of system engineering, with particular emphasis on the system integration
of the missile with its launch platform and fire control system. Also, the book has extensive use of simple closed-form,
physics-based analytical expressions - to provide better insight into the primary driving system parameters.
The new textbook (881 pages) is available through a number of web sites, including AIAA, Amazon.com, Alibris, and Barnes & Noble.
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