Flight & Space Exploration

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We’ll explore the basic elements of aircraft flight, rocket propulsion, space travel and contemporary space missions are explored to help foster a deeper understanding of aerospace technologies.

Course Curriculum and Features

We’ll examine the events leading up to key milestones of airplane flight and space exploration in the context of the historical issues of the times. You’ll participate in hands-on laboratories, include balsa-wood airplane flight testing in an indoor football field and water-bottle rocket design and launching. Tours of the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics lab facilities offer opportunities for experiencing cutting-edge research. We’ll also take a field trip to the Museum of Flight.

In addition to recommended reading material, course assignments will include essays, laboratory worksheets and a small group project focused on the development of a space mission to explore a part of our solar system.

Designed For

Those with an interest in aerospace technology and the exploration of space, including but not limited to students interested in potential majors or minors in engineering, computer science, mathematics and the natural sciences, along with those interested in science fiction.


Carl Knowlen
Research Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Dates & Times

Aug 21–Sep 14, 2018

UW Seattle
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.