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Rocket Propulsion


About This Course

Space propulsion systems have a great influence on our ability to travel to other planets or how cheap a satellite can provide GPS, worldwide internet, AR, TV & IOT

This course provides an up-to-date overview of all kinds of propulsion systems ranging from classical rocket technology, nuclear propulsion to electric propulsion systems, and further to micro-, propellantless and even breakthrough propulsion, which is a new program under development at NASA. The Professor shows the limitations of the present concepts and how they could look like in the future. Starting from historical developments, the student is taken on a journey showing the amazing technology that has been put on hold for decades to be rediscovered in the near future for questions like how we can even reach other stars within a human lifetime. The course will evolve with Learners actively making modifications to content and is actively involved in advanced propulsion research and contributes with their own experience to many of the presented topics. This course is for anyone who is interested in how space travel can be revolutionized.


"Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics"

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Course Authors

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Prof Krishnaswami Ramamurthi

Department of Mechanical Engineering IIT Madras

Indian engineer, educator. Achievements include development of propulsion systems; research in fluid flow, injectors, combustion and propulsion. Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (associate); member International Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, New York Academy of Sciences, Combustion Institute.

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