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Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering

Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (On-Demand Course)

Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (On-Demand Course)

Where: Live Web Course - No Travel Required

Course Length: 27 hours total - delivered across 9 sessions of 3-hours each.

  • PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered through Adobe Connect. Each session will be recorded and made available to all registrants for 30 days after the course. If you miss a session or two, you can catch up by viewing the recording! To ensure your computer system has access to Adobe Connect, please test your system HERE.


Missiles provide the essential accuracy and standoff range capabilities that are required in modern warfare. Technologies for missiles are rapidly emerging, resulting in the frequent introduction of new missile systems. The capability to meet the requirements for performance, cost, risk, and launch platform integration of missile systems is driven by missile design, development, and system engineering.

A system-level, integrated method is provided for the missile design, development, analysis, and system engineering activities in addressing requirements such as cost, performance, risk, and launch platform integration. The prediction methods presented are generally simple closed-form analytical expressions that are physics-based, to provide better insight into the primary driving parameters. Configuration sizing examples and predictions are presented for rocket-powered, ramjet-powered, and turbojet-powered missiles as well as guided bombs. Typical values of missile parameters and the characteristics of current operational missiles are discussed as well as the enabling subsystems and technologies for missiles and the current/projected state-of-the-art. Over 100 videos illustrate missile development activities and missile performance.

What you Will Learn
  • Key drivers in the missile design, development, and system engineering process
  • System-of-systems considerations
  • Critical trade-offs, prediction methods, and technologies in aerodynamic, propulsion, structure, seeker, warhead, fuzing, and subsystems sizing to meet flight performance and other requirements
  • Robustness, lethality, guidance, navigation & control, accuracy, observables, survivability, safety, reliability, and cost considerations
  • Launch platform-missile integration
  • Climatic environment requirements
  • Sizing examples for missile systems and missile technologies
  • Missile system and missile technology development process and facilities
  • Flight test requirements
  • Missile transformational technologies

Course Delivery

There is a downloadable course syllabus provided for each session. It contains copies of all visual aids and problem worksheets for that session. It will be available for download in the meeting room.

Each session was presented LIVE by an actively engaged instructor. The virtual classroom allowed learners to “raise a hand,” ask questions audibly or type them in the chat, and the instructor responded in real-time. It’s just like sitting in the classroom.

These "Live Educational Courses" presented by AOC are recorded when broadcast live and are subsequently made available to registrants for 30 days in our "On-Demand Educational Courses" catalog.

You can now benefit from this course catalog with your purchase.

Who Should Attend

The course is oriented toward the needs of missile engineers, system engineers, system analysts, marketing personnel, program managers, new employees, university professors, and others working in the area of missile systems and missile technology development. Attendees will gain an understanding of missile design, missile technologies, launch platform integration, missile system measures of merit, and the missile system development process.

Required Course Materials


  • Session 1

    • Introduction/Drivers in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Overview of missile design process. Examples of system-of-systems integration. Types of missiles. Configuration sizing parameters. Conceptual design process. Examples of mission requirements. Example of sensitivity analysis. Process for correcting design predictions.
    • Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Primary parameters and drivers for missile aerodynamics. Optimizing missile aerodynamics. Shapes for low observables. Configuration layout options. Wing and tail sizing. Predicting normal force, drag, pitching moment, hinge moment, static stability, and lift-to-drag ratio.
  • Session 2

    • Aerodynamic Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (continued): Selecting flight control alternatives. Flight control effectiveness. Skid-to-turn, bank-to-turn, rolling airframe, and divert maneuvering alternatives. New technologies for missile aerodynamics.
    • Propulsion Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Primary drivers for missile propulsion. Turbojet, ramjet, scramjet, ducted rocket, and rocket comparison. Specific impulse and thrust prediction. Booster and inlet alternatives. Fuel alternatives.
  • Session 3

    • Propulsion Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (continued): Solid propellant rocket performance, explosive safety, toxicity, and observables tradeoffs. Propellant grain cross section trade-offs. Thrust magnitude control. Propellant ageing prediction. Combustion instability. Motor case and nozzle materials. New technologies for missile propulsion.
    • Weight Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Weight prediction and minimizing weight. How to size subsystems to meet flight performance requirements. Structure factor of safety. Structure concepts and manufacturing processes. Airframe materials. Structure loads prediction.
  • Session 4

    • Weight Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (continued): Solid propellant rocket motor case design. Aerodynamic heating prediction and insulation trades. Thermal stress. Seeker dome materials and sizing. Power supply and actuator sizing. New technologies for reducing weight.
    • Flight Performance Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Flight envelope limitations. Aerodynamic sizing-equations of motion. Conceptual design prediction of range, velocity, time-to-target, and off boresight. Accuracy of simplified equations of motion. Maximizing missile flight performance. Benefits of flight trajectory shaping. Flight performance prediction of boost, climb, cruise, coast, steady descent, ballistic, maneuvering, divert, and homing flight trajectories.
    • Other Missile Measures of Merit Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering: Most important measures of merit. Seeker robustness in adverse weather. Seeker, navigation, data link, and sensor alternatives. Seeker range prediction. Imaging versus scanning infrared seekers. Semi-active laser seeker. Mid-wave versus long wave infrared seeker. Gimbaled versus strap-down seekers. Automatic target recognition. Millimeter wave versus centimeter wave seekers. Radar traveling wave tube versus solid state amplifier. Multi-mode seekers. 
  • Session 5

    • Other Missile Measures of Merit Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (continued): Inertial navigation system (INS) alternatives. GPS/INS integration. Counter-countermeasures. Electromagnetic compatibility. Warhead alternatives and lethality prediction. Collateral damage. Fuzing alternatives and requirements for fuze angle and time delay. Missile guidance laws. Proportional guidance accuracy prediction. Sources of miss distance. Missile time constant and maneuverability for small miss distance. Radome error slope and filtering.
  • Session 6

    • Other Missile Measures of Merit Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (continued): Radar cross section and infrared signature prediction. Survivability considerations. Insensitive munition requirements. Reliability. Cost drivers of schedule, weight, learning curve, type of subsystems, and parts count. EMD and production cost prediction. Designing within launch platform constraints. Basing and logistics. Standard launchers for ships, submarines, aircraft, and ground vehicles. Internal versus external carriage. Shipping, storage, carriage, and launch considerations.
  • Session 7

    • Other Missile Measures of Merit Considerations in Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering (continued): Launch platform and fire control system interfaces. Comparison of active homing, passive homing, semi-active homing, command, and multi-mode guidance. Climatic environment requirements. Cold and solar environment transient temperature prediction for missile subsystems.
    • Missile Sizing Examples and Sizing Tools: Baseline turbojet, ramjet, rocket, and guided bomb. Satisfying stand-off range requirement. Sizing wing for enhanced maneuverability. Trade-offs for extended range rocket. Lofted range prediction. Ramjet sizing for range robustness. Ramjet propulsion and fuel alternatives. Ramjet velocity control.
  • Session 8

    • Missile Sizing Examples and Sizing Tools (continued): Correction of turbojet thrust and specific impulse. Turbojet sizing for maximum range. Predicting turbojet engine rotational speed. Turbojet booster performance. Guided bomb range prediction. Computer aided sizing tools for conceptual design. Design, build, and fly competition. Pareto analysis. House of Quality analysis.
  • Session 9

    • Missile Sizing Examples and Sizing Tools (continued): Design of experiment analysis.
      Missile Development Process: Design validation/technology development process. Developing a technology roadmap. History of transformational technologies. Cost, risk, and performance tradeoffs. New missile follow-on projections. Examples of development tests and facilities. Missile simulation. Example of technology demonstration flight envelope. New technologies for missiles.
    • Some Lessons Learned
    • References and Follow-up Communication

Please Note: Access to the course materials will be provided within one business day of registration. 

AOC Members - $1800

Non AOC Members - $1850

  • NOTE: Each registration is for one (1) participant ONLY. Distributing your registration URL or allowing others to participate in this course with you or under your account is grounds for removal from the course without refund of any kind.

Eugene Fleeman has 50+ years of government, industry, academia, and consulting experience in the design and development of missile systems. Formerly a manager of missile programs at the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Rockwell International, Boeing, and Georgia Tech, he is an international lecturer on missiles and the author of 200+ publications, including three textbooks. His textbooks and short courses on Missile Design, Development, and System Engineering emphasize physics-based prediction methods, for enhanced insight, speed, and accuracy to the conceptual design process. Since the year 1999 his short course has been held over 100 times in fifteen countries and five continents.

Eugene Fleeman

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