Missile System Design Training

Commitment 4 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Missile System Design Training is recommended for those who wish to broaden their understanding of missiles. Conceptual design methods are presented for the major subsystems and for predicting performance, cost, risk, and launch platform integration. Examples are shown of subsystem and system development test activities. Configuration sizing examples include rocket-powered, ramjet-powered, and turbo-jet-powered missiles as well as guided bombs.

The Missile System Design Training course presents typical characteristics of missiles, the historical development of subsystems, enabling technologies, and the state-of-the-art. Over seventy videos illustrate missile development activities and performance. Each attendee will design, build, and fly a small air-powered rocket based on the analysis and prediction methods of the course. This Missile System Design Training course is based on the instructor’s 880-page AIAA textbook Missile Design and System Engineering, which includes free software.

  • 4 days of Missile System Design Training with an expert instructor
  • Missile System Design Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Missile System Design Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Key drivers in 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 systems, subsystems, and technology.
  • We can adapt this Missile System 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 Missile System Design course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Missile System Design 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 Missile System Design Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Missile System Design Training course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Missile System Design course are:

  • N/A


  1. Introduction/Drivers in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Overview of the missile design process. Examples of system integration. Types of missiles. Configuration sizing parameters. Conceptual design process. Examples of mission requirements. Example of sensitivity analysis. Missile System Design Training
  2. Aerodynamics in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Optimizing missile aerodynamics. Shapes for low observables. Configuration layout options. Selecting flight control alternatives. Wing and tail sizing. Predicting normal force, drag, pitching moment, stability, flight control effectiveness, lift-to-drag ratio, and hinge moment. Skid-to-turn, bank-to-turn, rolling airframe, and divert maneuvering alternatives.
  3. Propulsion in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Turbojet, ramjet, scramjet, ducted rocket, and rocket-specific impulse, range, and thrust. Booster and inlet alternatives. High-density fuels. Performance, explosive safety, toxicity, and observable tradeoffs. Propellant grain cross-section trade-offs. Thrust magnitude control. Propellant aging prediction. Combustion instability. Motor case and nozzle materials.
  4. Weight in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Weight prediction and minimizing weight. How to size subsystems to meet flight performance requirements. Structure factor of safety. Structure concepts and manufacturing processes. Airframe materials. Structure loads prediction. Airframe and rocket motor case design. Aerodynamic heating prediction and insulation trades. Thermal stress. Seeker dome materials and sizing. Power supply and actuator sizing.
  5. Flight Performance in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Flight envelope limitations. Aerodynamic sizing-equations of motion. Accuracy of simplified equations of motion. Maximizing missile flight performance. Benefits of flight trajectory shaping. Flight performance prediction of boost, climb, cruise, coast, steady descent, ballistic, maneuvering, divert, and homing flight. Missile System Design Training
  6. Other Missile Measures of Merit and Launch Platform Integration/System Engineering: Robustness in adverse weather. Seeker, navigation, data link, and sensor alternatives. Seeker range prediction. Imaging versus scanning infrared seekers. Semi-active laser seeker. Mid-wave versus long-wave infrared seeker. Gimbaled versus strap-down seekers. Automatic target recognition. Millimeter wave versus centimeter wave seekers. Radar traveling wave tube versus solid state amplifier. Multi-mode seekers. GPS/INS integration. Counter-countermeasures. Electromagnetic compatibility. Warhead alternatives and lethality prediction. Collateral damage. Fuzing alternatives and requirements for fuze angle and time delay. Missile guidance laws. Proportional guidance accuracy prediction. Sources of miss distance. Missile time constant and maneuverability for small miss distance. Radome error slope and filtering. Radar cross-section and infrared signature prediction. Survivability considerations. Insensitive munition requirements. Reliability. Cost drivers of schedule, weight, learning curve, type of subsystems, and parts count. EMD and production cost prediction. Designing within launch platform constraints. Basing and logistics. Standard launchers for ships, submarines, aircraft, and ground vehicles. Internal versus external carriage. Shipping, storage, carriage, and launch considerations. Launch platform and fire control system interfaces. Comparison of active homing, passive homing, semi-active homing, command, and multi-mode guidance. Climatic environment requirements. Cold and solar environment temperature prediction.
  7. Missile Sizing Examples and Sizing Tools: Baseline turbojet, ramjet, rocket, and guided bomb. Trade-offs for extended range rocket. Sizing for enhanced maneuverability. Lofted range prediction. Ramjet sizing for range robustness. Fuel alternatives. Turbojet sizing for maximum range. Guided bomb range prediction. Computer-aided sizing tools for conceptual design. Design, build, and fly competition. Pareto, house of quality, and design of experiment analysis. Missile System Design Training
  8. Missile Development Process: Design validation/technology development process. Developing a technology roadmap. History of transformational technologies. Cost, risk, and performance tradeoffs. New missile follow-on projections. Examples of development tests and facilities. Missile simulation. Example of technology demonstration flight envelope. New technologies for missiles.
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