Department Goal and Objectives

Our goal is:  to help the Academy produce the world's finest Air Force Officers who live the core values and understand space. 

To accomplish this goal, we focus on three main areas:  faculty, curriculum, and facilities.

Our Objectives are:


1.      Teach officership, citizenship, and integrity by example

2.      Actively recruit and maintain a faculty that is current, skilled and experienced in the astronautical engineering, systems engineering and Space Operations fields, and Air Force operations, and can teach

3.      Foster a friendly, cohesive, productive and professional environment



4.  Maintain and deliver a curriculum that meets Air Force needs for officers with an understanding of astronautical & systems engineering and space operations

5.      Maintain and deliver an externally validated and nationally recognized academic program in astronautical engineering and systems engineering (space systems option)


Facilities and Technology:

6.      Maintain state-of-the-art computer hardware and software that enhances delivery of our curriculum and supports department research

7.      Maintain facilities that enhance delivery of our curriculum and support department research


Astronautical Engineering Program’s Educational Objectives

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to attain Program Educational Objectives two to five years after graduation.  These are:

1)      Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:

     a.       Rapidly acquire required knowledge.

     b.      Lead others effectively.

     c.       Effectively apply ethical and moral standards.

     d.      Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills.

     e.      Make sound decisions based on critical thinking.

     f.        Communicate effectively.

2)      Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility.

3)      A demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems.

4)      Success in continuing education.


Astronautical Engineering Program’s Student Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the USAFA program in astronautical engineering, cadets will demonstrate:

a)      an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.  This will include a knowledge of orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, space structures, and rocket propulsion.

b)      an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c)       an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental,  social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

d)      an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e)      an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f)       an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g)      an ability to communicate effectively

h)      the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i)        a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j)        a knowledge of contemporary issues

k)      an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.



the above members via the phone, please call the department secretary at (719) 333-4110.

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