Aerospace Engineering

1588 WordsJun 22, 20187 Pages
Aerospace Engineering has paved the way for a vast majority of today’s modern technologies; it has contributed to the research and development of stealth, reconnaissance, and commercial aircraft. Aerospace engineering has made revolutionary breakthroughs in the development of both fighter jet and rocket designs, including pilot/passenger safety, thus forever changing the outlook of travel and warfare. One might ask; what is Aerospace engineering? Aerospace engineering is the branch of engineering that contributes to the design, development, and production of aircraft or related systems such as rockets, spacecraft, and missiles. Aerospace engineering is closely tied to aeronautical engineering and…show more content…
This leads to the development of stealth and reconnaissance aircraft. Stealth aircraft are commonly coated with a special poly graphite skin. This allows for the aircraft to absorb and deflect radar signals, much like the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs and deflects radiation. The abilities of a stealth aircraft are somewhat limited to an extent that it cannot engage an enemy in a dogfight proficiently, meaning it’s offense is better than it’s defense especially in the case that the enemy is a ground target. Another limitation to the stealth’s design is that once a stealth fires it’s weapons or releases a payload it becomes visible to conventional radar systems. A closer look into how these nearly invisible aircraft become as bright as day on radar; stealth aircraft along with some reconnaissance aircraft have internal armament which means that each time a weapon bay opens to fire its payload the non-insulated weaponry becomes “exposed”, in turn the radar and infrared signals are able to bounce off the exposed area and reveal a portion of the stealth as well as record it’s position. Reconnaissance aircraft do not rely on stealth as much as a traditional military radar
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