Astronautical Engineering

Earn a bachelor of science in astronautical engineering, advance the frontier of space exploration

Our astronautical engineering program prepares you for work with aircraft operating outside the earth’s atmosphere. You will learn the fundamentals of space operations and technology, flight dynamics, spacecraft design and earth science.

We realize that not all learning needs to take place in a classroom. We believe student-created, student-led projects are a powerful way to learn. That’s why we provide ample chances to explore your interests with clubs such as robotics and model rocketry, give you the opportunity to make the impossible, possible.

Why Capitol?

Our Space Flight Operations Training Center gives graduates the edge. You’ll use actual spacecraft software to control virtual satellites, replicating real-life scenarios and learning the engineering behind spacecraft development, operations, commanding and data analysis.

Our location puts you in the heart of the action. The Baltimore/ Washington D.C. area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies in the United States. In addition, our campus is near the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Our focus on CubeSat means you graduate with current skills.

Knowing that NASA launched its first CubeSat 2006, our program provides students hands-on experience with CubeSat design, development, building and launching.

Capitol Tech special opportunities

  • Opportunity to design and build payloads that will be flown on a high-altitude balloon launch
  • Opportunity to work on payloads that will be launched on orbital or sub-orbital flights
  • Use of the Fusion Lab, with multiple 3-D printers, a 1.4-watt laser and computers pre-loaded with modeling software

Support for You

Whatever type of resource you need –a way to improve your math skills, a place to exercise, help with a job search or a disability – we have facilities and personnel ready to help.

Astronautical Engineering Career opportunities

  • We offer the Capitol Commitment because we are positive you’ll get a job offer within 90 days of commencement. (See program details.)
  • Your bachelor’s in astronautical engineering (BSAE) degree prepares you for entry-level positions such as; systems engineer, in flight operations, flight dynamics, mission planning, satellite instrument design
  • We’ve placed students in co-op positions and internships at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Mean anticipated annual salary is $71,070

Key Faculty

Angela Walters, Astronautical Engineering Program Chair

Angela Walters has a BS degree in Mathematics from Arcadia University and an MS in Physics from Drexel University. Her interests include satellite operations and ground system design, systems engineering, information assurance, using data analytics to improve current big data management strategies at NASA, and of course Black Holes.

Industry experience includes software and systems testing for NASA satellite ground systems and verification and validation of DOD methods for data retrieval, and providing quality assurance for NASDAQ online broker exams. She’s a member of the Maryland Space Grant Consortium and is an advisor to Capitol’s VelcroSat Club, Model Rocketry Club and the RockStat X team member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes, Astronautical Engineering Professor

 Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes, is a professor of astronautical engineering at Capitol Technology University as well as a solo satellite builder with Project Calliope. Having once declared 'any idiot can build a satellite', Sandy set out to be that idiot, and has since written four books for O'Reilly/Maker Media for the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Space movement. Prior work includes astrophysics and mission work at GSFC, solar physics at NRL, and freelance science writing. In addition to teaching, he currently mentors Capitol students on their recently awarded CACTUS-I CubeSat space launch initiative. Sandy's current interest in effective teaching methods for the online-dominated era.

Requirements/Admissions

Follow this simple 6 step process to apply for admission to the Bachelor in Astronautical Engineering program.

Requirements/Curriculum

  • The BSAE degree is a total of 120 credits, which covers engineering, computer science, technical courses, mathematics and sciences, English and social science courses
  • Click here for a course list

Tuition & Fees

  • The application fee is $25
  • Full-time tuition is $11,994 per semester, plus fees
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $250 per credit, plus fees
  • All full-time students who keep their student account current are promised their tuition will not increase more than 1% over four years
  • For the cost of living in one of Capitol Technology University's six residential facilities, click here

Graduates of our astronautical engineering program are employed by:

  • Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Lockheed Martin
  • General Dynamics
  • KBRwyle

“All of my dreams have come true here: I’ve been able to work with satellites, I’ve been able to work with rockets, I’ve learned all about orbital mechanics, orbital sciences, and I’m now focusing on being an orbital degree specialist. I absolutely love it.”

Ryan Schrenk, BSAE ‘15

--Read Ryan’s full story here.

Related Information