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This course provides an overview of and an introduction to the fundamentals of aeronautics, using the history of aviation as a story line. The course uses examples from the very beginning of aviation (the Montgolfier brothers' balloon flight in 1783 and the Wright brothers' heavier-than-air flight in 1903) and continues all the way through to the current Airbus A380 and future aircraft. This trajectory will start with a general introduction to aeronautics, to be followed by a closer look at aerodynamics and flight performance.

Lectures are frequently accompanied by related exercises and demonstrations. The course also incorporates (design) challenges/competitions, based on the knowledge obtained through the lectures.

Start the course anytime, and complete it at your own pace!

Read more about short online courses for professionals in the field of Aerospace of TU Delft.


What you'll learn:

  • A general introduction to aeronautics
  • Detailed knowledge of aerodynamics
  • A specific understanding of flight performance

Course review by Dan Flath, mathematician at Macalester College in Minnesota:
"There must be very few products in the world that people can get for free but they beg to pay anyway! So I would say, this aeronautical engineering MOOC must be quite a good product! And that matches my experience so far. I can hardly believe how much I am enjoying this course. If I am not careful, this course could interfere with my work! Rather than asking for a verified certificate for this course, I would rather ask for a follow-up course next year. Congratulations and thanks to the course developers!"


This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that runs on edX. High school level of mathematics and physics is recommended.

  • Start date
    Anytime (Self-Paced)
  • Admission Deadline
  • Cost
  • Course length
  • Estimated effort
    80 - 85 hours, Self-Paced
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