Introduction to Aerospace Engineering-Flight

By Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant   |   IIT Bombay
Learners enrolled: 2251
The aim of this course is to provide a general overview of the field of Aeronautical Engineering to interested students. The course will consist of ten Capsules, each consisting of two Lectures. Each Lecture will cover a specific concept or area relevant to the subject. An attempt will be made to cover the contents in an interesting manner, by a judicious use of a mix of powerpoint presentations, in-class activities, quizzes, innovative and hands on assignments that will not only increase the awareness of the students, but also satiate their curiosity and desire to know more about the various concepts related to the subject. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any discipline of Engineering, who are interested in the subject

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Flight Mechanics
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Atmosphere and its properties
Week 2: Nomenclature of aircraft components
Week 3: Fluid Mechanics – I : Incompressible flow, Bernoulli’s Equation, Coanda Effect, and Mach No..
Week 4: Fluid Mechanics –II : Viscous Flow, Boundary Layer, Pressure Measurement
Week 5: Aerodynamics – I : Airfoils, and Lift Generation Theories
Week 6: Aerodynamics – II : Critical Mach no., Types of Drag
Week 7: Propulsion : Types of Aircraft Engines
Week 8: Aircraft Performance - I : Steady Level Flight and Altitude effects
Week 9: Aircraft Performance- II : Glide, Climb, Ceilings, Turn, and Pull up
Week 10: Aircraft Longitudinal Stability,and V-n Diagram
Week 11: Aircraft Performance- III : Takeoff and Landing, Range and Endurance, Range-Payload Diagram
Week 12: Flapping Wing Aerodynamics

Teaching Assistant
Nouman Uddin
Nouman Uddin currently working as a Project Research Assistant at Lighter-than-Air Systems Laboratory, Aerospace Engineering Department, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India under ISRO sponsored project. He has completed his B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow in 2020, and was consistently in the top student of his class during the four years of his B.Tech. He did a one-month summer training at ADRDE, DRDO in Agra, followed by a two-month project work at IIT Bombay. Later, he was selected as a Research Intern under the "IRCC Research Internship Award 2019-20" at IIT Bombay, where he worked on the Design of a Test Rig for a Phase Change based Lighter-than-Air System. He has cleared nine NPTEL exams under the domain of Aerospace Engineering. NPTEL recognizes as NPTEL Superstar, NPTEL Enthusiast, and NPTEL Discipline Star in Aerospace Engineering for the performance in December 2020. He also has been the Teaching Assistant for the course on "Lighter-than-Air Systems" in the past semester and Teaching Assistant for the two coursesnamely “Introduction to Aerospace Engineering” and “Introduction to Aircraft Design” in the current semester at NPTEL, IIT Bombay. He is a coordinator for the Fourth National Aerospace Conceptual Design Competition (aka NACDeC-IV). He received “Special recognition” for “Academic Excellence Award” in Students- UG (National) category” presented by the Institution of Engineers, India.He presented four research papers at International Conferences, one of which received the best paper award.

KM Kiran Babu

K. M. Kiran Babuis currently working as the Project Research Scientist at Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India. He has both the Bachelors and Masters Degree in the Aeronautical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai and Hindustan Institute of Technology and Sciences, Chennai. He has total academic experience of 8 years as Faculty Member since 2013 and at present pursuing the Ph. D at IIT Bombay in the area of Multi-Disciplinary Optimization of Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) Systems for Venus Exploration. His research interests include LTA Systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Design Optimization.  He has been the Teaching Assistant for this NPTEL course from 2019.

Books and references

  1. Anderson, J. D., The Aeroplane, a History of its Technology, AIAA Education Series, 2002 
  2. Eberhardt S, Anderson D., Understanding Flight. McGraw-Hill Publishing; 2009. 
  3. Anderson, J. D., Introduction to Flight, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2005 
  4. Ojha S.K., Flight Performance of Aircraft, AIAA Education Series, 1995 Existing video clips of this course recorded by CDEEP in 2017 to be used with some editing.

Instructor bio

Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant

IIT Bombay
Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant has Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering. His areas of specialization include Aircraft Conceptual Design, Air Transportation, and Optimization. He has been a member of faculty of Aerospace Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay since December 1989. Prof. Pant is an alumnus of College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University, UK, where he earned his Ph.D. under Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme, IIT Madras, where he did his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, and PEC Chandigarh where he underwent his undergraduate studies in Aeronautical Engineering. He has also worked for five years in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in the Design & Engineering Department at Kanpur (3.5 years) and Nasik (1.5 years) Divisions. He has published and presented ~ 220 scientific papers, of which ~ 170 are in international journals and conferences. He has also visited several top ranking institutes and universities all over the world. Prof. Pant was a Visiting Professor at School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2015-16, visiting faculty at Department of Aerospace & Ocean Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2010-11, and a visiting researcher at Instituto Tecnolgico de Aeronutica, Brazil in 2012, Texas A&M University in 2011, Cambridge University in 2008, and Imperial College London in 2006. In November 2012, he was appointed as a Special Visiting Researcher under the Science Without Borders program of the Brazilian Government for three years

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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