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Help! Ds wants to design/engineer spacecraft

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HullyEastergully Thu 13-Dec-12 11:21:09

How what where when can he go and do?

What about residential courses etc??

I know of Smallpeice but none other.

All help most gratefully received.

HullyEastergully Fri 14-Dec-12 12:32:46

On that basis he should go to Bali. As should I. <packs bag>

TeWisBeenNargledByTheMistletoe Fri 14-Dec-12 13:36:29

Virgin galactic are based in California, DH keeps checking their job lists!

Oh which DH is not remotely like Howard, if he was he wouldn't be my DH! He'd love to move into this field, just getting experience and looking for the right opportunity.

TeWisBeenNargledByTheMistletoe Fri 14-Dec-12 13:52:51

Er, possibly I mean New Mexico. Guilty of not listening. Just having a look at their website and one of their directors did mech eng at Imperial.

TalkinPeace2 Fri 14-Dec-12 13:58:36

Virgin Galactic may work in the US, but a LOT of their engineers are products of the UK Universities.

The other opportunity for engineers is Formula 1 : all the teams work in and around Slough.
DS dream job is to be chief engineer of the REd Bull Formula 1 - or even Formula E - team, when that comes on line.

TeWisBeenNargledByTheMistletoe Fri 14-Dec-12 14:11:07

Yes of course. British engineers seem very well respected. An awful lot choose to go overseas after qualifying for exciting projects though.

I just quite fancy moving somewhere sunny.grin

Lots of sub-contracting too, so you could work (or get experience) in the UK with someone that makes a small part of the finished product for an international company.

TalkinPeace2 Fri 14-Dec-12 14:19:05

I've told DS he's going to Stanford, whether he wants to or not !

JenaiMathis Fri 14-Dec-12 14:28:32

I researched automative engineering courses for ds nearly two years ago. He is 12 blush

TalkinPeace2 Fri 14-Dec-12 14:37:58

so is my DS
have we just found a whole new category of pushy parent? grin

GrimmaTheNome Fri 14-Dec-12 14:51:50

Supportive, talking, supportivegrin

HullyEastergully Fri 14-Dec-12 15:03:47

well it's bloody hard. I'm an artsy fartsy type, I don't know anything about any of it and ds needs to know somehow and obvs won't do it himself

HullyEastergully Fri 14-Dec-12 15:04:08

what about stanford?

TalkinPeace2 Fri 14-Dec-12 15:09:43
cos then I can go visit him wink

HullyEastergully Fri 14-Dec-12 15:16:53


I don't understand the Stanford process. That is the first hurdle.

bruffin Fri 14-Dec-12 15:22:27

DS longs to go to MIT

HullyEastergully Fri 14-Dec-12 15:25:44

is it another very scary thing I won't understand..?

HullyEastergully Fri 14-Dec-12 15:27:57


Which is the best one in the whole world? (He'll want to go there)

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Dec-12 15:34:17

Hully - our daughter is keen on aeronautical engineering at the moment, but she's only at the point of choosing A Levels. There is though a course at Cambridge she was aspiring to. My husband was talking about somewhere that might do summer holiday work experience. Neither of them are here at the mo. but I shall ask

bruffin Fri 14-Dec-12 15:34:50

Top 50 engineering and technology universities

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 14-Dec-12 15:34:53

Ah. The Cambridge course does a year at MIT.

TalkinPeace2 Fri 14-Dec-12 15:35:21

We'll meet up at the Open days!

At the moment Imperial and MIT are probably the top 2
Soton and Stanford in the next tier I think - have not researched too much as there is no way he's going to Soton no matter how good the course is.
(^no point him going to Uni 5 miles from home with DH on campus regularly!^)

JenaiMathis Fri 14-Dec-12 15:38:30

I fancy Texas or France.

Just correcting the typo in bruffin's link Top 50

bruffin Fri 14-Dec-12 15:59:10

thanks jenaigrin

DS has already found out about the link between Cambridge and Mit coursesgrin however his sponsor from Arkwright has told him he might be able to get him a bursery at Imperial, if he applied there.

TeWisBeenNargledByTheMistletoe Fri 14-Dec-12 18:14:34

I enquired over dinner, will be back later because I can't type it all up on this stupid phone...

Amerryscot Fri 14-Dec-12 19:47:14

I would recommend a top engineering discipline (ie chemical, mechanical, civil or electrical/electronic engineering). Of those, mechanical, electronic and chemical engineering seem to be most appropriate. The aerospace bits can then be done at post graduate level.

Which universities? Any Russell Group for undergraduate.

I would like the top brains designing rockets. I'm sure NASA, et al, feel the same.

TeWisBeenNargledByTheMistletoe Fri 14-Dec-12 20:20:20

Right, according to DH who, as I said up there would like to move into this field but currently works with aircraft, it depends a bit on exactly what he would like to do.

If he wants to be cutting edge forefront of spacecraft design, he thinks pure maths degree and applied maths pHd. Or Physics.

If he's interested in the computer programming side, possibly some kind of computer studies but that's a bit riskier because he would need to go straight from degree into working in aerospace, or he might end up becoming a generic IT guy.

Otherwise aeronautical or mechanical engineering degree with year in industry, or equivalent apprenticeship. If he looks at mechanical the course needs to include two specific units, one is "Computational Fluid Dynamics" and something that covers"Jet Propulsion, Rocket Propulsion, Ballistics".

For now he could look for a STEM club in his local area/school. Model rocket amateur clubs in his local area. If they're local you've probably been to these places already, but the space center in Leicester and science museum in London are great in general and have special events if you keep an eye on their websites. This is true for trying to get on any degree course but if you can show you're taking your interest in a subject further in your own time that's always going to help your application.

Needs maths and physics at A-level definitely, Chemistry also potential a good option (I'm sure you've thought to look up the potential university courses and check what qualifications they require).

Hope that helps.

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