Adventures In Outer Space

Learn about Aerospace Engineering with topics like suborbital spaceflight, orbital spaceflight, space stations, and space ports. Then learn about Astronautics Engineering with topics like delta V (change in velocity), transfer time, crew capsule weight, the Rocket Equation, and finally, a landing on the lunar surface!

Use real-world space data and real aerospace and astronautics companies, including Virgin Galactic, Reaction Engines, Ltd., Bigelow Aerospace, Spaceport America, and the Boeing Company.

The textbook is divided into eight chapters and is offered as a free PDF download from our website. This breakdown correlates to four chapters per semester or two per quarter. Thus, defining a workable template for how we manage all of our courses. All teacher lesson plans, slide-show presentations, student worksheets, and other resources, can be found on our website, and of course, provided at no additional cost. Moreover, each chapter deals with a different aspect of aerospace and astronautics, using real-world industries. This hands-on approach also translates to real praxis for the students, because they are actually motivated and animated about school.


Google Classroom
The curriculum is organized by chapter using Google Classroom,

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Chapter Outline
Here's the breakdown of the lab course work we presently offer:
  • Chapter 1: Suborbital Spaceflight - Virgin Galactic - Quadratic Equations
  • Chapter 2: Orbital Payload - R.E.L. Skylon - Quadratic and Linear Equations
  • Chapter 3: Space Station Design - Bigelow Aerospace - Matrices
  • Chapter 4: Unpowered Glide Landing - Spaceport America - Trigonometry
  • Chapter 5: Delta V and Transfer Time - Hohmann Transfer - Square Root Equations
  • Chapter 6: Crew Capsule - The Boeing Co. - Linear Equations
  • Chapter 7: The Rocket Equation - The Boeing Co. - Exponential Equations
  • Chapter 8: Lunar Landing - The Boeing Co. - Finance

Each chapter is subdivided into five parts:
  1. Narrative
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Analysis
    • Example
    • R.A.F.T. Writing
  4. Space Mission Design App
    • Sample Open Source Code
    • Sample App Interface Design
  5. Chapter Test
    • Vocabulary Matching
    • Multiple Choice
    • Calculations
    • Writing

Some examples of what can be found in this teacher resource:

Chapter 5: Textbook

Chapter 1: Teacher Slideshow Lesson Plan

Chapter 8: Space Mission/Lunar Lander App