Difference Between Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering

With the open sky policy of the Government of India, the number of private companies entering into the field of aerospace and aeronautics are improving every day, which in turn provides a lot of employment opportunities and high pay scale as well. So, many candidates are wishing to do either aerospace or aeronautical engineering. But, most of them have doubts regarding the difference between these two branches of engineering. Some of the difference between these two branches is given below:

  • When a person chooses aeronautical engineering, he will study about the wonderful world of flying and what makes a jet to go up in the sky and so on. On the other hand, if he chooses aerospace engineering, he will study how a plane moves through the earth and it will also cover orbit mechanics, rocket engines, space fundamentals and some other wonderful subjects as well.
  • Aeronautical engineering is a branch of aerospace engineering. Aeronautical engineering is the engineering and science of flying vehicles operating within the atmosphere of earth, while aerospace engineering is the engineering and science of flying vehicles operating not only within, but also outside the atmosphere of earth.
  • If a person wishes to have a career dealing with helicopters, aircrafts and related objects, he can choose aeronautical engineering. If a person wishes to have a career dealing with missiles, lunar, rockets, space station, lunar and space-shuttle, apart from aircrafts and helicopters, he can take up aerospace engineering.
  • The career options are wide in the case of aerospace engineering as compared to aeronautical engineering.
  • An aeronautical engineer and an aerospace engineer are taught almost the same subjects, but there exist some differences in the curriculum as well. For instance some subjects like space and satellite systems, control systems and attitude determination, orbital mechanics and space propulsion are not taught in aeronautical engineering, but is taught in aerospace engineering.
 

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