Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design Training

Commitment 3 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design Training provides an examination of the most important topics of modern launch vehicle design, analysis, and optimization. It offers a focus on critical topics that lead to the optimization of a launch vehicle design through such issues as staging optimization. The seminar provides a wealth of new material about the essential issues that have caused so many costly projects to fail. You will learn a wide spectrum of new solutions to problems in modern launch vehicle design. Revolutionary new techniques and concepts will be taught, with all material subject to the strict application of modern science.

  • 3 days of Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design Training with an expert instructor
  • Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
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Upon completing this Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • The most advanced topics of launch vehicle optimization, design, and analysis.
  • Advanced concepts in Modeling Launch Vehicle Projects.
  • Modern rocket science applications.
  • New techniques in launch vehicle design, optimization, and analysis.
  • Popular theories of rocket design are not supported by scientific evidence.
  • We can adapt this Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design Training course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design course are:

  • N/A


  1. The current state of Rocket Science. Objective and metrics of optimization. Need for improvement in optimization.
  2. Advanced Topics of Mass Properties, Scaling Issues, and High-Tech Materials. Essential parameters of analysis. Theory of mass properties. Accurate mass properties as a starting point and critical parameter.
  3. Advanced Topics in Propellant Volume Theory. The theory is that propellant volume is the most significant mass driver of launch vehicle design. Bulk density of propellants in the “rocket equation.” Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design Training
  4. Advanced Topics in Stage Mass Properties. Separating engine mass properties from stage mass properties. Volume theory and propellant bulk density. Stages without engines. Implications of propellant volume scale, bulk density, and physical properties. Advanced modeling algorithms for top-down analysis.
  5. Advanced Topics in Engine Mass Properties. Selected rocket engines ranked for the thrust-to-weight ratio to hypothesize engine mass property relationships to specific impulse, engine cycle, cryogenic nature and bulk density of propellants, and engine design era.
  6. Advanced Topics in ELV Stage Mass Properties. Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) theory. Simplification theory. Big Dumb Booster concept. Evaluation of mass suboptimization. Solid and hybrid propulsion.
  7. Advanced Topics in RLV Mass Properties. Popular RLV theory. Fatal flaws. Classification of RLV systems. Theory for mass relationships to the convenience of recovery. RLV and ELV alternatives.
  8. Current and Advanced Topics in Cost Model Theory. Modern cost models as science. Use and abuse of cost analysis. Cost Models as self-fulfilling prophecies. Advanced relationships.
  9. Current Topics in Performance Model Theory. Utility and value of current performance modeling. Problems with the models. Simplifying assumptions as an introduction to optimization searches.
  10. Advanced Topics in Optimization and Modeling Theory. Virtual development exploration. Relationships and algorithms for advanced optimization by computer modeling. Advanced Topics in Launch Vehicle Design Training
  11. Staging Optimization Theory and Practical Procedure. Current procedures and theories. Using computer programs. Determining optimum staging.
  12. Learning Curve Theory and Advanced Optimization. Production and Launch Operations. The relationship with Economies of Scale.
  13. Advanced Topics in Engine Cluster Reliability Theory. Modeling to optimize the number of engines/stages. Learning curve effects. Life Cycle costs and DDT&E Cost implications. The Russian paradigm of engine clusters. NASA employment of moderate engine clusters.
  14. Advanced Reliability Design & Analysis Integration for Launch Vehicles. The reliability of rocket systems, particularly engine clusters. The optimization of engine numbers as a function of Catastrophic Fraction to achieve maximum reliability.
  15. Advanced Integration of Safety into Launch Vehicle Design and Analysis. Integrating safety into optimization, with identifiable common denominators. The relationships between safety and cost.
  16. Integrated Modeling. Specialty models to an integrated, high-fidelity, multidiscipline, comprehensive model. Advancing from analysis to gaming to analyze the reacting strategies of competitors.
  17. Deterministic Optimization. Sweep optimization. Sample computer programs. Applications and requirements for sweep modeling. Determining the optimum payload scale for an RLV Point Design.
  18. Advanced Topics in Strategy in the Optimization Process. The use of strategy to achieve superior results with inferior optimization. Clean sheet vs. existing building blocks. The strategy of evolution. Modularity as a strategy. Alternate strategies. Alternatives that reduce the costs of DDT&E, Production, and Operations. Inferred relationships.
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