[amsat-bb] edX Introduction to Aerospace Engineering Course

Stewart Todd Morgan morgan_st at bellsouth.net
Wed Sep 7 14:21:44 UTC 2016

MIT is conducting an online introductory aerospace engineering course 
through edX.  The course began yesterday.

If you want to know more about the physics and mathematics that 
underlies the 2-line Keplerian element sets that amateurs use to track 
satellites, the course includes a segment on orbital mechanics.  If you 
have been listening to the ARISS contacts between ISS crew and ground 
stations, you may have heard astronauts/cosmonauts make reference to 
spacewalks and the effects of microgravity.  Dr. Kate Rubins indicated 
in her recent ARISS contact with The Children's Museum in Indianapolis 
that the spacewalk was the most difficult aspect of time on the station. 
These topics and other are covered in the course which is taught by 
former NASA astronaut Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman.

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