TRACK 3 - FLIGHT DYNAMICS

Predicting the behavior and performance of spacecraft, as they exit our atmosphere and leave behind the relentless pull of gravity, are challenges that cannot be easily tested while still developing and planning for future spaceflight. Once free from the earthly bounds of the launchpad, a journey of potentially millions of kilometers will have to sustain the potentially hazardous first 500 km as it escapes the gravity well of Earth. The design and engineering of life-sustaining and life-saving equipment requires thorough testing and evaluation, in this track, we will further examine flight dynamics and effect of space flight on spacecraft and their crews.  

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How will exiting and re-entering affect the object as designed and as manufactured? 
  • Will reusability/future value be feasible in the making the object? 
  • Ensuring safe exit, orbit, and re-entry by accounting for shock, impact, and micro-material strikes 

WEEK ONE
THURS | SEPT 10
1:00 pm EDT 

In-flight performance analysis of spacecraft and launch vehicles for shock, material physics and behavior, crash impact and micro-material impact as we propel our rocket through the atmosphere and out to space. 

WEEK TWO
THURS | SEPT 17
1:00 pm EDT
 

Aerodynamics, fluid dynamics, and how the vibration affects the human and machine 

WEEK THREE
THURS | SEPT 24
1:00 pm EDT
 

Are liquid dynamics your responsibility? This week we’re examining sloshing and load stability under 8G or 0.01G.

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