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Bachelor of Science (BS) in 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 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

Angela Walters

Angela Walters

Program Chair and Professor, Astronautical Engineering

Angela Walters holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Arcadia University and a 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.

Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes

Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes

Associate Professor, Astronautical Engineering

Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes is a professor of astronautical engineering at Capitol Technology University (formerly Capitol College) 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.

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

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.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change without notice.

The following rates are in effect for the 2018-2019 academic year, beginning in Fall 2018 and continuing through Summer 2019:

  • There is no charge for online application, $25 fee for paper application 
  • Full-time tuition is $12,354 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


Related Information

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

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