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A place to discuss relevant topics in civil and military aviation, space exploration, and news relevant and interesting to those with a passion for all things flying.

A place to discuss relevant topics in civil and military aviation, space exploration, and news relevant and interesting to those with a passion for all things flying.

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Aerospace projects

I am a full time employee but I wanna work on side projects in aerodynamics. I'm not sure where look for them. Any suggestions on how and where I can find them? I don't mind unpaid interning as well.

20:32 UTC


Best major to work for Defense companies?

So I'm a highschool senior, and I really want to work for a defense contractor in the future. Currently, my major is nuclear engineering because I would hope to work as a nuclear engineer at somewhere like Lockheed, RTX, or Northrop. Is this viable or should I switch my major to aerospace engineering or mechanical?

17:47 UTC


Does having W on college transcript look bad and will it impact opportunities for my major?

Hey everyone, I'm senior in high school where I recently withdrew from this ethnic studies course due to time constraints and the professor not being clear whenever she graded my assignments and on top of this I had a W in another class back in my sophmore year since I was out of the country and had no possible way of meeting in person throughout the course, however I have taken 4 dual courses. Here are some questions I had regarding this.

1.) When I go to college, will this look bad on me?

2.) Can I still retake these courses in college?

3.) I'm heading towards college by taking up an Aerospace Engineering pathway, and was wondering that when I apply for internships/job will this W from an ethnic studies course, be the make or break it in my application as I know that company's look at college student's transcripts.

4.) I know that during college application, we were required to report our high school and college transcript but after accepting which college you want to go, do we still have to report our college transcript or can we choose not to transfer them (I know its required for high school transcripts for colleges to see if you have done well second semester)?

5.) How many W's can you have in college before it looks bad on your application?

6.) If I do transfer these college requirements, the GPA and grades will also transfer so although I would cover some gen ed classes, my starting GPA would be a 3.8, and considering that I’m headed towards Aerospace Engineering, should I try to report these dual courses (if I can) to have a fresh start and maintain a decent GPA through college, or should I still report it even though it might put me in a disadvantage in the beginning of college?

If you do respond, this will be much appreciated.

15:19 UTC


Can you guys identify the aircraft?

14:21 UTC


Going from automotive to aerospace

Hey y’all,

Had some questions for the people here. I’ve been in the auto industry for the past decade. I have formal training and two AA degrees. I started at shops and eventually made my way up to an engineering tech where I became the know how go to person. It was fun, I worked with a lot of engineers.

Then I took some time off and now I’m looking to break into a different industry. Mainly the aerospace and space industry. I’ve been looking at roles as a an electronics, integration, avionics , or test tech. Or similar. I’ll be getting a position and also plan continue my education in the field as I work. But as to which area I’m still deciding. I’m open to getting a bachelors or another associate. I’ll never stop learning. My ideal goal is to break into 100k area within a few years.

Can you folks share some knowledge? Has anyone taken a similar path? How has your experiences been? How has the experience of people you know been? Do you or anyone you know work in any of these roles? What is it like? Do you have any path recommendations? What’s your story? Help a technician out. We are worth our weight in gold.

10:18 UTC


Are there any good aerospace engineering opportunities in Australia?

I am finishing my aerospace degree in Canada, and I am mostly interested in rocket propulsion, space-related work rather than in aviation. But I would be still be willing to work in aviation if the company pays well enough.

My plan is to work a couple of years in Canada and then make the move to Australia/New Zealand. What is the field and opportunities like for an outsider?

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06:48 UTC


Best elective coursework for an undecided engineer?

Hi everyone, I’m registering for my elective courses (2 classes) at my university, however I’m undecided as to what I want to specialize in 3-5 years after graduating college here in the US.

I’m looking for advice as to what courses would be best, for a Jack of all trades, and something I can use no matter what industry I get into. An asset, or provided value if you will.

Some of the classes are:

Engineering Analysis (applications of diff Eq)

Finite element methods/Analysis (I was bad with statics and dynamics, they are my weak points sadly)

Advanced engineering design ( teamwork)

Computer aided mechanical engineering design (I’ll have to take this in the summer, else not offered)

National design competition (SAE formula 1 team) - Teamwork

Directed study (offered by the dean)

Special topics in mech engineering (also by the dean)

Product and mfg systems & processes (90% chance it won’t be offered)

Creative problem solving in design and mfg (90% chance it won’t be offered either)

Fracture mechanics in engineering design (sounds interesting).


I’ll be taking Fluids, and design of machine elements at the same time as well. Which of these courses would provide the most value to an employer, or myself in the longrun?

Thank you all, I really appreciate it!

03:35 UTC


Best aerospace propulsion programs in the US?

good afternoon everybody!

I'm an incoming student at Wichita State University aerospace engineering with an intended propulsion track. My career goals are to pursue propulsion engineering in research and development. Currently, one of the companies I'm especially interested in is Hermeus and their hypersonic engine development, for example. Starting my undergraduate program, I'd like to start preparing with definitive goals for my master's. What are some of the best institutions for propulsion engineering and my intended career goals? I'd like to begin to lay out what I need to do and how to pursue it. Not going about this way in highschool has already taught me quite a few lessons, and id like to minimize those types of mistakes this time around.

21:48 UTC


Cooling jacket

I was thinking about the spacex Merlin engine, and how do they make the cooling jacket? I get how on other engines they use tubes that are brazed together but I don’t see that on the Merlin engine?

18:43 UTC


Aerospace Engineering on Greencard

01:23 UTC


What does aerospace engineers really do and what does an average career path look like?

(The real question is in the second paragraph) I’m currently a senior in high school, and I applied all my colleges for aerospace engineering. I did so because I enjoy calculus and physics, however I’m fearing I may have made the wrong decision with my applications. If I end up not enjoying aerospace engineering, I would not have the same pay as something in the computer science field would have.

Therefore, I would like to know what aerospace engineers really do in their day to day life. Is there really math and physics involved as i envisioned or is it just programs and computer simulations that do the math and physics for you? What does the potential career look like if i end up going to a college such as Purdue or UIUC for aerospace? How long will it take to get to the top of the pay bracket in the field?

What does the average career path look like out of undergrad? I would love to hear your individual stories!

Thank you very much in advance!

19:58 UTC


Find aircraft piston engine components dimensions

Hello all, first time posting on this sub hope this is the right place to ask

I'm a mechanical engineering student and I'm going to write my graduation thesis about aerospace piston engines. I'm hoping to do some analysis on a finite element software and I need to get at least some idea on the dimensions for the engine parts. I've been trying to find some articles/thesis in the past weeks but none of the ones I found had the dimensions for the parts. Can someone point me where I might find it? Thanks in advance.

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19:56 UTC


Help with AMX report

Hey guys, I really need this report for a uni project. It's about the AMX Aermacchi aircraft and I am looking for the parts catalog and maintenance manual.

This is the only place I found the reports, but I'm not in the US and it is really expensive in my currency.

By any chance you know where to find these reports for free? Help a girl out please. Any info will help, thnk u


02:48 UTC


What airfoil is this?

09:44 UTC


Rotorcraft Aeromechnics Self Study Text

I am interested in recommendations for a self-study text for rotorcraft aeromechanics. I have a background in aerospace flight controls but not rotorcraft.

I found this thread that may be a little dated (or maybe not):


Any additional recommendations?

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21:09 UTC


Youth Astronomy and Space Sciences Research Group

Know a high school student interested in astronomy and/or space sciences?

The International Association for Astronomical Studies (based out of Star Haven Observatory located in Strasburg, Colorado) has a few slots open for its on-site student research team.

Students not located in the Denver area or Eastern Colorado are also encouraged to submit their interest as the group will be expanding its remote student research team this fall.

Students will have the opportunity to conduct and participate in actual astronomy and space science research using astronomical and space sciences research equipment and processes. After the research projects are completed, they also get credit for their work as part of the research.

The IAAS, a 501(c)3 organization has a 40+ year track record of success in the student astronomy and space sciences research fields.

More information including a link to the student research team interest form is located on the group's Facebook page (facebook.com/IAASorg).

#STEMeducation #astronomy #youthempowerment #scienceeducation #spaceexploration

20:04 UTC


Does working with ITAR restricted projects limit future job prospects abroad?

I'm an Aerospace engineering student with a US and an EU passport. Naturally, since the aerospace sector is far bigger in the US (with companies like SpaceX, BlueOrigin etc.) I'm inclined to try and work there in the future. However, I want to keep my options open about potentially moving back to Europe and still working in the aerospace sector later on.

With many aerospace jobs being ITAR restricted in the US I was wondering if being exposed to ITAR restricted information would bar you from working abroad in the field down the line? Most of the information I've been able to find online pertains to rules that companies and their employees need to follow about exporting information abroad. However, I haven't been able to find any information on how this would affect individuals after they leave an ITAR restricted employer.

02:31 UTC



Iam currently pursuing Bsc(Hons) Aerospace in Australia and wishing to do internships here, but the thing is most of the recruiters don’t hire us because we’re not domestic students, is there any tips so i can land in a perfect internship position or a graduate job

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03:12 UTC


Undergrad major

Hi I'm currently a senior in high school and recently got admitted to ucsb as undeclared. I had originally applied for mechanical engineering but I guess they switched it to undeclared. After my undergrad I want to become an aerospace engineer so could I declare physics and then get my MS in aerospace engineering after I get my Bachelors degree in physics?

01:59 UTC


how to make an rc plane (foamboard) with parts from a syma x5c drone?

is it possible? Anyone done it before? Any plans online or that you know of?


01:03 UTC


Civil Engineering with Carpentry Background or Chase Aerospace Passion?

I'm feeling conflicted about which engineering discipline to choose. I didn't take the traditional route and go to college right after high school, as my circumstances at the time didn't allow it. Instead, I got into carpentry and made a career for myself in the industry, earning $65k a year. However, after 10 years of working as a carpenter, I not only felt that I had reached a ceiling in the industry, pay-wise, but I also felt as if I wasn't learning and growing in the last few years, just doing the same things year after year with only cost-of-living raises. Carpentry was great at first, learning more and more about rough, finish, residential, and commercial carpentry. I considered transitioning to project management but realized the difficulty of going from a fully trained carpenter to a project manager without a degree. It's not impossible, but I've seen guys with over 30 years of experience being overlooked, while the guy right out of college gets the position with an additional $10k per year. Anyway, I realized I have over 40 years left to work and it would be worthwhile to spend 10 percent of that time in school to have more opportunities and continue climbing a hill where, in the last few years, I thought I was stuck at the top. My problem lies in integrating interest with practicality. It seems intuitive to, with my experience in the construction industry, pursue a civil engineering degree, opening up job opportunities in civil engineering or construction project management. However, I have a huge interest in working in the aerospace industry. I've always loved planes and rockets. I have hours built up toward my pilot's license, I have built numerous model rockets as a hobby, and I love flying RC planes and helicopters. It seems very interesting for me to learn about aerodynamics and engineering principles related to these fields. However, I feel it would be easier for me to get a job in civil with the experience I already have in the civil department. I will be finishing a 76-credit science and engineering associate degree from my local community college in the spring and plan to transfer to a 4-year university to finish my degree. It has been advised to me by my advisor that this degree is designed more for mechanical engineering than civil, and he said I should do a less credit-intensive transfer degree if I want to pursue civil engineering. The classes for the associate's I’m taking are the same as those for the civil transfer, just additional classes. However, the classes have been interesting, and I would have to move to finish, so I decided to stick with the ASE degree. I have a 3.9 GPA, I love math and science, and I've even considered just majoring in physics or math. Overall, it has been tough for me to choose my next path. The majority of Americans spend more than 50 percent of their waking hours doing something for work, and it seems sad to me to spend that much of life not doing what one loves while making significant contributions to society. Anyway, in my late twenties, I'm plagued with the question: What do I want to be when I grow up? Any advice?

Edit: I should add, considering it's relevant to my situation, that I have a wife, a baby, and financial obligations. We live in a world where we may be reluctant to admit that money can impact contentment, fulfillment, and overall happiness. However, the income one earns plays a significant role in determining factors that directly affect these aspects of life, such as lifestyle, living conditions, and, most importantly, the means to pursue one's own intuition and endeavors.

22:33 UTC


What types of bachelors can I pursue and what do they correlate to within the field of aerospace?

Besides the obvious answer, what are other disciplines that can be used in the field?

What positions correlate to which disciplines?

What is the day to day?

What jobs are more hands on?

What jobs will have me behind a computer most of the day?

Which positions include heavy use of math?

Which positions involve coding?

Who are the people you look at and wish you had their job because they have the fun job? (I know that’s subjective, but I’d like insight)

06:30 UTC


What would cause a contrail to be so erratic like this?

02:42 UTC


Trying to make a small turbo jet engine model looking for tips or advice

Looking to make very small turbo jet engine model

I’m trying to create a small no larger then drink can sized turbo jet engine and I’m seeking advice from those who have knowledge available to share such as what would be a good low priced fuel source, some good materials to craft the engine with, what should I use as a power source, and how should I ignite the engine. Any suggestions or recommended projects to go look at as a model really any help and guidance would be appreciated!!

Edit also what’s a budget I should have and any failures I should be aware of?

17:37 UTC


F-1 Student

I got accepted into Penn State University’s Aerospace Engineering program. Keep in mind that I am an international student from Saudi Arabia. Are there any internship opportunities for foreigners ?

15:33 UTC


Lockheed Martin Data Analyst Salary

Good morning, I see some job postings as a Data Analyst at Lockheed Martin, but they do not have the specific salary range. I believe this is for a level 2 position and fully remote. Any additional information would be amazing.

13:54 UTC


Opinion on a Masters degree

Hello all,

It looks like I'm going to be working in the spacecraft side of the defense industry after I graduate with my bachelors.

I'm thinking of doing my a 1 year masters program to get my masters. How much more money does a masters degree generally provide during early career ?

I know starting salary with a bachelors ranges anywhere from 70k - 95k depending on location.

What does starting salary look like for masters ?

Also, does the prestige of the school have anything to do with pay ? Ex. MIT, Stanford, Caltech vs a state school

Do non-defense companies like Blue Origin, or Space x pay much more ?

02:35 UTC

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