Intended for both majors and non-majors taking a first course in Introduction to Aerospace Engineering or Introduction to Flight. This new text will inspire students with its integrated bound-in CD-ROM and its strong emphasis in design. Its active visual approach and inclusion of space-oriented engineering make it ideal for the changing needs of the Aerospace Engineering field. Newman's book is the first to include integrated multimedia, strong coverage of space flight, the design process, and extensive coverage of space flight. A CD-ROM, bound in with the book, provides extensive animations, QuickTime movies, and Matlab based simulations to motivate student readers. A student design project is included to convey the importance of team orientated design in an accessible manner. All resource and multimedia materials are provided on the CD-ROM, including: PDF files of the book chapters; additional color photographs, figures, and pictures referenced in the text; multimedia animations, simulations, and vrml files. The icons in the book, namely, the CD-ROM and World Wide Web (WWW) icons, refer you to materials that are on the CD-ROM and website, respectively, not in the text. In the margins of the text you will see the CD-ROM icon with a filename, which means that the referenced resource material (photograph, animation, simulation, etc.) is linked to the CD-ROM and should be accessed and studied at that point in the chapter. The lighter-than-air (LTA) vehicle and electronics laboratory ('Ornithopter Lab') contain extensive multimedia materials and are referenced throughout the book, especially in Chapter 12. The WWW icon refers to the website for the text and CD-ROM where one will find a chronological listing of all the URLs referenced throughout the book. http://web.mit.edu/16.00 To view or print the enclosed PDF files you need Adobe Acrobat Reader. This software is free and can be downloaded in just a few minutes from Adobe's world-wide web site. Use a web browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer) to go to http://www.adobe.com and follow the instructions for installing Adobe Acrobat Reader on your type of computer. Once you have installed Adobe Acrobat Reader, open the appropriate chapter file.
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David J. Newman is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a major researcher who has designed experiments carried out on the Mir Space Station, NASA shuttle mission, and Mars mission. She has also worked as an engineer for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.
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