Missile Design: A Comprehensive Guide to Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Weight, Flight Performance, Guidance, Lethality, System Engineering, and Development – Online Short Course (Starts Jun 15, 2022) 15 June - 10 August 2022 Online

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Instructed by Eugene L. Fleeman
  • From June 15 – August 10, 2022 (8 weeks, 17 Classes, 33 Total Hours)
  • Every Wednesday and Thursday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download)
  • THE most comprehensive course on Missile Design openly available
  • Includes an eBook copy of the instructor's new Missile Design Guide
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

Overview
This online course will cover the most important aspects of missile aerodynamics, propulsion, guidance, lethality, system engineering, and development. The prediction methods presented in the course are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide better insight into the primary driving parameters. Typical values of missile parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems, technologies, and the current/projected state-of-the-art. Multiple videos throughout the lectures illustrate missile system and subsystems development activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Key drivers in the missile aerodynamic, propulsion, and guidance design and system engineering process
  • Critical tradeoffs, methods, and technologies in missile selection and sizing to meet flight performance and other requirements
  • Conceptual design prediction methods
  • Launch platform-missile configuration integration
  • Aerodynamic, Propulsion, and Guidance sizing examples to meet missile performance requirements
  • Missile aerodynamics, propulsion, and guidance development process
  • Targeting system, launch platform, and missile guidance integration
  • Missile subsystems and system development process

Who Should Attend
The course is oriented toward the needs of missile engineers, system engineers, system analysts, program managers, university professors, and others working in the area of missile systems and missile technology development.

Course Fees (Sign-In To Register)
AIAA Member Price: $1395 USD
Non-Member Price: $1695 USD
AIAA Student Member Price: $895 USD

Classroom hours / CEUs: 33 classroom hours / 3.3 CEU/PDH

Cancellation Policy: A refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 5 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be provided.

Contact: Please contact Lisa Le or Customer Service if you have questions about the course or group discounts (for 5+ participants).


Outline

Course Outline

Classes 1 and 2: Overview of Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (4 hours)

  • Key drivers in missile design, development, and system engineering
  • Configuration sizing methods for aerodynamics, propulsion, weight, and flight trajectory
  • Integration with aircraft, ground, and ship platforms
  • Robustness, lethality, guidance, navigation, flight control, observables, survivability, safety, reliability, and cost
  • Missile sizing examples
  • Development of missile system, subsystems, and technology

Classes 3 and 4: Missile Aerodynamics (4 hours)

  • Key drivers in the missile aerodynamic design and system engineering process
  • Critical tradeoffs, methods, and technologies in missile aerodynamic sizing to meet flight performance and other requirements such as configuration shaping for low observables
  • Aerodynamic conceptual design prediction methods
  • Launch platform-missile configuration integration
  • Aerodynamic sizing examples to meet missile performance requirements
  • Missile aerodynamics development process

Classes 5 and 6: Missile Propulsion (4 hours)

  • Conceptual Design Prediction Methods for turbojet, ramjet, and solid propellant rocket propulsion
  • Key drivers in missile propulsion design, development, and system engineering
  • Critical tradeoffs, methods, and technologies in missile propulsion system sizing to meet flight performance and other requirements such as observables, safety, reliability, and cost
  • Launch platform-missile propulsion integration
  • Propulsion sizing examples to meet missile performance requirements
  • Missile propulsion system and technology development process

Classes 7 and 8: Missile Weight (3.5 hours)

  • Conceptual Design Methods for Predicting Missile System Weight and Subsystems Weight (e.g., Rocket Motor, Structure, Warhead, Power Supply, Radome)
  • Benefits of a Light-Weight Missile (Production Cost, Firepower, Expeditionary Warfare, Mission Flexibility, Size, Logistics Cost, Observables)
  • Missile Structure and Insulation Materials
  • Missile Airframe Manufacturing Processes
  • Design and System Engineering Tradeoffs That Impact Missile Weight
  • New Technologies for Missile Weight Reduction

Classes 9 and 10: Missile Flight Performance (4 hours)

  • Approaches to Maximize Missile Flight Performance
  • Effect of Launch Platform, Targeting, Fire Control System, Human Launch Operator, and Target on Missile Effective Flight Envelope
  • Conceptual Design Methods for Predicting Missile Flight Range, Velocity, Time-to-Target, and Off-Boresight
  • Equations of Motion and Drivers for Missile Flight Performance
  • Alternative Flight Trajectories
  • Role of Flight Performance in the Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering Process

Classes 11 and 12: Missile Guidance (4 hours)

  • Key Drivers in the Missile Guidance Design and System Engineering Process
  • Critical Tradeoffs, Methods, and Technologies in Missile Guidance Selection and Sizing
  • Conceptual Design Methods for Predicting Missile Guidance
  • Targeting System, Launch Platform, and Missile Guidance Integration
  • Missile Guidance Sizing Examples
  • Missile Guidance System and Technology Development Process

Classes 13 and 14: Missile Lethality (3.5 hours)

  • Types of Warheads for Different Launch Platforms and Targets
  • Warhead Components
  • Prediction of Warhead Lethal Radius
  • Target Vulnerability Modeling
  • Minimizing Collateral Damage
  • Optimizing Fuzing Standoff Distance, Forward Look Angle, and Time Delay

Classes 15 and 16: Missile System Engineering (4 hours)

  • Missile System Types and Missions
  • Missile System Measures of Merit Such as Accuracy, Lethality, Collateral, Survivability, Safety, Reliability, and Cost
  • Missile System Requirements Definition (Performance, Cost, Risk) and System Requirements Flow-Down to Subsystem Requirements
  • Launch Platform / Fire Control Integration
  • Environmental Requirements (e.g., solar radiation, ambient temperature, humidity, rain rate, dust, vibration, shock)
  • Missile System Engineering Considerations in Development Testing

Class 17: Missile Development (2 hours)

  • Missile Development Activities / Funding / Time Frame
  • Missile History / Follow-on Programs
  • Missile Cost, Risk, and Performance Tradeoffs
  • Missile Tests / Integration
  • Missile State-of-the-Art Advancements
  • New Technologies for Missiles
Materials

Course Delivery and Materials

  • The course lectures will be delivered via Zoom. You can test your connection here: https://zoom.us/test
  • Access to the Zoom classroom will be provided to registrants near to the course start date.
  • All sessions will be available on-demand within 1-2 days of the lecture. Once available, you can stream the replay video anytime, 24/7.
  • Includes an eBook copy of the instructors new Missile Design Guide
  • All slides will be available for download after each lecture. No part of these materials may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted, unless for course participants. All rights reserved.
  • Between lectures during the course, the instructor will be available via email for technical questions and comments.
Instructors
Eugene L. Fleeman has 50+ years of government, industry, academia, and consulting experience in the design and development of missile systems. Formerly a manager of missile programs at the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Rockwell International, Boeing, and Georgia Tech, he is an international lecturer on missiles and the author of 200+ publications, including four textbooks. His textbooks and short courses on Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering emphasize physics-based prediction methods, for enhanced insight, speed, and accuracy to the conceptual design process. Since the year 1999 his short course has been held over 100 times in fifteen countries and five continents. Additional information is available at the web site: https://sites.google.com/site/eugenefleeman/home