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.
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.
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.
Capitol Tech Opportunities
High-Altitude Balloon Launch
Collaborate with fellow students to develop and test high-altitude sensors and instruments, design structures to house these instruments, and analyze the data collected from the high-altitude balloon launch. All majors are welcome!
Opportunity to work on payloads that will be launched on orbital or sub-orbital flights.
Collaborate with other students and work on student-created, student-led projects in our Fusion Lab. Here, multiple 3-D printers, a 1.4-watt laser and computers pre-loaded with modeling software are at your disposal to work on picosatellite shell development and creation, high altitude balloon payload projects and other activities.
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
Associate 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.
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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
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 (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% over four years
- For the cost of living in one of Capitol Technology University's six residential facilities, click here
The B.S. degree in Astronautical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, HTTP://www.abet.org.