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Rotorcraft Systems Fundamentals

Understand the history, fundamental aerodynamics, and design considerations of rotorcraft systems. Rotorcraft - helicopters, ducted-fan air vehicles, or tilt-rotor aircraft - performance continues to improve through advancements in technology that include composite materials, advanced avionics, and design focus on greater reliability. Explore how the increasing complexity of rotorcraft and their subsystems requires a rigorous systems engineering approach to developing, designing, delivering, and sustaining an affordable rotorcraft system. Learn how a rotorcraft's ability to hover provides a unique capability to perform manned and unmanned missions requiring vertical take-offs, landings, and maneuvering within a confined area.

Course Topics Include:
  • Past, present, and future manned and unmanned rotorcraft
  • Aerodynamics of flight
  • Rotorcraft aerodynamics, performance, and flight maneuvers
  • Rotorcraft flight phenomenon
  • Functional, performance and design requirements and considerations
  • Rotorcraft subsystems
  • Rotorcraft technology development
  • Rotorcraft supportability and sustainment

Prerequisites:
Undergraduate degree in a technical field or equivalent experience.

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