from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Earth's atmosphere and the space beyond.
- adj. Of or relating to the science or technology of flight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The atmosphere of the Earth and the region of space around it.
- n. The industry concerned with aircraft, missiles, satellites and spacecraft.
- adj. Of, or relating to the Earth's atmosphere and nearby space.
- adj. Of, or relating to the science, technology and industry associated with aircraft, missiles, satellites and spacecraft.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the atmosphere and outer space considered together or as a whole.
- n. the sector of industry that designs and builds aircraft, rockets, missiles, and devices or vehicles intended to operate in outer space.
- adj. of or pertaining to aerospace in either sense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole
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Here is experience in aerospace from the other camp.
I've gotten it too and I actually know the C-W equations and the difference between form and area drag since I earned my MSE in aerospace engineering.
But, I would have to think long and hard before encouraging her to commit to a career in aerospace ... at least as things are now!
Experience in aerospace or, in the case of Webb, aeronautics.
But if you don't have a technical background, then you should have an aerospace industry or military background, some experience that gives you credibility in aerospace circles.
Over at Gizmodo, Joseph Shoer, Ph. D candidate in aerospace engineering (fun fact: I had two separate college roommates who were both in A.E., at the same time!, until they weren't) wrote this incredibly interesting and lengthy article on the physics of space battles, focusing on what a real battle might look like, what weapons, both offensive and defensive, might be deployed and what types of ships might be used.
This road map was specifically formulated to create opportunities for students to continue their exploration of space throughout their educational careers; then once thier educational career is complete, the students are then primed for a career in aerospace industry.
I was recently asked by a friend to come up with some convincing arguements (for a friend of his 'persuasive speech to his Public Speaking college class) why youngsters should consider careers in aerospace and the other STEM disciplines.
Twenty years since being laid off by a certain aerospace company (along with 3,499 others!), and unable to find a job in the industry or with NASA ...
But until you learn what a bit is, how long a millisecond lasts, and why AL 6061-T6 is used in aerospace vehicles, you will never contribute or "participate" in a meaningful way.