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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Astronautical Engineering

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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. Potential employers include NASA, GE, KBR, SSAI, KBR, Lockheed Martin, Intel, Texas Instruments, Boeing, and many others.

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.

The program provides the essential knowledge to enter into the astronautical industry with careers, such as:

  • Operations Engineer – average base pay, $74,1562
  • Testing Engineer – average base pay, $71,4782
  • Integration Engineer – average base pay, $85,1742
  • Astronautical Engineer – national average base pay $72,32, D.C. area average base pay $79,4212
  • Applications Engineer – average base pay, $70,163, ranked 18th best job in the nation1, 2
  • Aerospace Engineer – average salary $83,3343
Royal Aeronautical Society

Capitol Technology University has assembled a network of our nation’s top experts to educate you—the new generation of aviation and unmanned systems planners, architects, designers, engineers, and operators. This network includes the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), a British organization dedicated to the global aerospace community and the professional development of its members. As a corporate partner of RAeS, the university is able to provide the opportunity for international networking, debate, resources, and professional development. 

1 Data based upon Glassdoor’s 2020 50 Best Jobs in America
2 Salary based upon 2020 Glassdoor salary data
3 Salary based upon 2020 PayScale salary data

Why Capitol?


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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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Key Faculty

Coray Davis

Dr. Coray Davis

Chair and Professor, Engineering

Dr. Coray Davis is the Chair Engineering and a Professor within the Engineering Department at Capitol Technology University. Dr. Davis brings nearly 18 years of experience in both higher education and industry as a Transportation Engineer. Most recently, he held numerous administrative leadership roles in academic, athletics, and student affairs at Elizabeth City State University after serving as Professor and Chair of the Department of Technology at Virginia State University.

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Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes

Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes

Professor, Astronautical Engineering

Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes is a professor of astronautical engineering at Capitol Technology University. He mentors and manages undergraduate payload projects that are student conceived and student led, including the Cactus-1 CubeSat mission and two summers with Brazil's “Science without Borders” exchange program, and has been a member of the NASA Academy of Aerospace Quality (AAQ) advisory board since 2015. His recent publications address open source satellite work, cheap deployable sensors, machine learning, and engineering education. In addition to scientific research on solar physics, X-ray binaries, and collisional remnants, he has written five "DIY" technical books for O'Reilly/Maker Media on amateur space and machine learning topics. Prior work includes spacecraft science operations and astrophysics work at GSFC, solar physics at NRL under an NRC fellowship, design of the DIY TubeSat “Project Calliope”, and freelance science writing.

Top Employers of Capitol Technology University's Graduates

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Career Opportunities


The Capitol Commitment

We’ve created a game plan to make sure you find a job upon graduation. Learn more.

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Market Demand Astronautical Engineering

  • Our students enjoyed co-op positions and internships at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • 82% of our graduates have a job or enter graduate school 90 days after commencement.
  • Mean anticipated annual salary is $71,070

Low Earth Orbital (LEO) Satellite Mission Control

Capitol Tech students working in our Space Flight Operations Training Center learn how to fly low Earth orbital satellites.

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Degree Details

The BSAE degree is a total of 120 credits, which covers engineering, computer science, technical courses, mathematics and sciences, English and social science course.


Enrollment and Graduation Data for Selected Undergraduate Degree Programs: Click Here 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2021-2022 academic year, beginning in Fall 2021 and continuing through Summer 2022:

  • There is no charge for online application, $25 fee for paper application
  • Full-time tuition is $12,915 per semester, plus fees
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $250 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • The retired military tuition rate is $746 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • All full-time students who keep their student account current are promised their tuition will not increase more than 1% per year for four years
  • For the cost of living in Capitol Technology University's modern residential facility, click here
  • Academic Fee for UAS-120 $500

For 2021-2022 undergraduate tuition and fees, click here.

Related Information

The B.S. degree in Astronautical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, HTTP://

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