As a consequence of the strategic nature of aerospace engineering and industry, both in the past and today, it is not surprising that among the competencies associated with the aerospace engineering professions, explicitly include those linked to a necessary understanding of air defense systems and space propulsion. Rockets and Missiles are two types of aerial vehicles whose differentiating characteristics are, fundamentally, their propulsive systems (rocket engines), their control and guidance systems and their high flight speed.
The subject presents a markedly specialist profile in very specific technological fields, which places it in the last year of the study plan, preceded by other basic subjects in which fundamental knowledge is provided. This makes it advisable to have previously taken the following subjects from the same study plan:
• Flight Mechanics
• Air Navigation
• Control systems
As stated in the educational guide, the subject is structured in two major fundamental blocks: (1) rocket engines, (2) missiles. Each of these blocks will last half a semester and will usually have its own evaluation test.