Astronautical and Rocket Engineering

The School of Aerospace Engineering is an outstanding training and scientific center, which trains highly qualified engineers, bachelors and masters for state and private corporations working in the sphere of aerospace engineering. Getting education at this school of MAI inspires due respect all over the world.

The Dean of School – corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences Professor O. M. Alifanov, Doctor of Engineering.

Among the graduates of the School there are a lot of prominent general directors and chief designers of the leading Russian research and producing centers of the industry: Hrunichev State Space Research and Production Center – A. A. Medvedev, Lavochkin Scientific Development and Production Center – K. M. Pichhadze, “Agat” – V. V. Alaverdov, MKB “Vimpel” – I. A. Sokolovskiy, MKB “Raduga” – I. S. Seleznev, Scientific Development and Production Center “Vega-M” – L. A. Melnikov, the head of Chinese manned spacecraft program Shenchzhow-5 and Shenchzhow-6 Wang Yongzhi and many others.

Pilot astronauts V. V. Kubasov, V. I. Sevastianov, A. I. Ivanchenkov, V. V. Lebedev, P. V. Vinogradov, A. F. Poleschuk, A. I. Lazutkin, Y. V. Usachev, M. A. Tyurin, F. Y. Yurchihin, N. M. Budarin went into higher engineering education at the departments of the School.

The first in the world student earth satellites “Radio-1”, “Iskra-1” and “Iskra-2” were designed and assembled by the students of the School and worked successfully on the orbit in 1978 and 1982. At the present time the Student design bureaus also carry out research and engineering activities in the field of building and launching small-scale and nano-satellites.

The School of Aerospace Engineering trains engineers, designers and system technicians for the companies of aerospace industry and other high technology industries of economy. Besides special courses, higher engineering education in aerospace engineering also includes studying such disciplines as information technologies, ecology, system analysis, monitoring and control, communication and navigation.

The School has up-to-date laboratories equipped with real life aerospace units; unique experiment facilities, testing stands and equipment; state-of-the-art computers and graphic stations.

The quality of the higher education is guaranteed by:

  • the use of the latest achievements of aerospace technologies, which is traditionally on the edge of scientific and technological advance during training;
  • major research on the higher-priority trends of science and technologies with active participation of senior students;
  • intense cooperation with Russian research centers, universities and colleges, scientific and educational centers in the USA, European Space Agency, Germany, France, China, Mexico, Brazil, Malaysia and other countries;
  • maintaining close scientific ties with the International Space University, which welcomes several MAI students annually;
  • designing and launching small-scale spacecraft and nano-satellites for distance monitoring of the Earth with active participation of the students.

The School of Aerospace Engineering cooperates with the leading Russian and foreign aerospace designers and producers. Among our partners there are such companies as Rocket and Space Corporation “Energia”, Lavochkin Scientific Development and Production Center, Hrunichev State Space Research and Production Center and other major companies of the aerospace industry.

Within the framework of the Federal Space Agency the members and the students of the School take part in various international space programs, such as the International Space Station and the Sea Launch program. The School also actively cooperates with the leading foreign space agencies – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States and the European Space Agency – in the field of aerospace research.

The Departments of the School of Aerospace Engineering

  • Department 601 – “Space systems and rocket engineering”
  • Department 602 – “Aircraft and rocket systems”
  • Department 603 – “Structural mechanics and strength”
  • Department 604 – “System analysis and control”
  • Department 605 – “Testing of engineering systems”
  • Department 606 – “Aerospace engineering production”
  • Department 607 – “Life support systems”
  • Department 608 – “Hydro aerospace system designing”
  • Department 609 – “Application informatics”
  • Department 610 – “Rocket-and-space system maintenance”

After graduation from the School of Aerospace Engineering you will be a highly qualified specialist in aerospace equipment and will be able to apply your knowledge and professional skills in many different spheres and industries.

The School of Aerospace Engineering is situated in educational building 24.

Dean’s office: rooms 418, 416, 414, 412.

Department 601 – “Space systems and rocket engineering”

The Department trains specialists in the fields of scientific research and design of state-of-the-art and prospective spacecraft, orbital and interplanetary stations, rockets and space rocket carriers as well as management and marketing of space engineering and technologies.

Department 601 trains engineers following specialties:

  • 160802 – “Spacecraft and upper-stage rockets”
  • 160801 – “Rocket production”

The main directions of training are the following: Contemporary computer-oriented research theory and methodology of effectiveness, reliability and design of space systems, manned and automatic spacecraft, orbital stations of long duration, rocket and aerospace carriers; mathematical and computer modeling, experimental research of physical processes: gas- and hydro-dynamic, heat- and mass-exchange, vibratory and acoustic, microgravity and others; theory of motion, spacecraft and rocket dynamic; research an design of thermal conditions support systems and thermal shielding; automation, computer technologies in designing and experimental research; management and marketing, commercialization of space; conversion; space policy an legislation, rocket and aerospace complex management.

Main and elective disciplines lectured by the Department: motion theory of spacecraft (including outside Solar System); rocket and space system designing; spacecraft flight theory; rocket and spacecraft hardware grounds, reliability and aircraft tryout, aircraft designing, aerospace services marketing, small-scale spacecraft and nano-satellite designing, providing flights in circumterrestrial and outer space, ballistic missiles construction and designing, near and deep space, computing trajectories for far flights, thermal conditions systems.

Department 602 – “Aircraft and rocket systems”

Department 602 was founded in 1952 and it was a basic department for the the School of Aerospace Engineering. Chief designers and design managers P.D. Grushin, V.P. Mishin, Y.A. Pobedonostsev, M.R. Bisnovat, D.L. Tomashevich, I.I. Toporov, A. Y. Bereznyak, A.D. Nadiradze, A.E. Nudelman, A.V. Potopalov actively participated in the processes of its establishing and development.

The Department trained more than 2500 engineers, 10 Doctors of Sciences, 35 Candidates of Sciences. Chief designers I.S. Seleznev, L.L. Tashkeev, Y.D. Nvikov, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences K. A. Abgaryan, V.V. Vasilyev, pilot-astronauts V.N. Kubasov, V.I. Sevastianov are also among the graduates.

Department 602 trains engineers the specialty:

  • 160801 – “Rocket production”

Seven professors and seven associate professors lecture at the Department. There is a full-time and correspondence postgraduate course, night school, computer facility, automatic aircraft design system. The Department published more than 100 textbooks and tutorials. Students can be trained under their elective individual programs (at will).

Department 602 trains engineers following subspecialties:

  • “Modeling and informational technologies in system designing”.
  • “Modeling and informational technologies in remote-controlled aerial vehicle designing”.
  • “Engineering system examination”.

Main and elective disciplines lectured by Department 602

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) set-up; UAV designing and building; decision theory; providing reliability and quality of remote-controlled aerial vehicle designing; launchers and recovery systems of remote-controlled aerial vehicles; composite materials in rocket an aerospace unit constructing; cruise missile designing; remote-controlled aerial vehicle control systems. Training is provided on the basis of both fundamental and applied sciences.

The content of training for specialties 1 and 2

Methodology for the analysis of intelligence systems in automatic aerial vehicles of various application; analysis of aircraft rocket systems and new technical equipment requirements; design verification; providing quality and certification of prospective technical equipment; creation of machine building systems, adapted for market economy; mathematical and computer modeling, experimental research of optimal aircraft composite and metal load-bearing units under extreme conditions; methodology study in designing remote-controlled aerial vehicles for environmental monitoring.

The content of training for specialty 3

Project examination and analysis; methodology for technical and commercial examination of domestic and foreign technical equipment; analysis methods for prospects in aerospace technologies; methods of technical level assessment and quality management of new technical equipment; new technical equipment market analysis; methods of international exhibition arrangement; logistical preparation for technical equipment sales; advertising activity grounds; advanced study of foreign languages.

After graduation

Specialties 1 and 2 prepare students for performing at research institutes and design bureaus, factories and trading companies as research engineers in system modeling and effectiveness; design engineers for requirements specification and prospective aircraft and complex engineering systems designing; design engineers for practical implementing of engineering design on the basis of up-to-date information technologies.

Specialty “Engineering system examination” trains analyst engineers speaking a foreign language, who are prepared to analyze and find efficient technical and economic solutions, examine various complex systems and estimate their effectiveness and quality on the basis of modern methods and information technologies, organize examinations and tests.

Department 603 – “Structural mechanics and strength”

The Department trains multifunctional specialists with a scientific bias in the field of rigid deformable body, dynamics and durability of various aircraft (airplanes, helicopters, carrier rockets, and spacecraft). They also can work in the sphere of dynamics and durability of machine building transport thin-walled structures.

Department 603 trains engineers following specialties:

  • 150301 – “Machine dynamics and durability”
  • 150502 – “Composite ware design and production”

The main directions of training are the following

Mathematical modeling methods of the strained state and dynamic behavior of the constructions; up-to-date theoretical and experimental methods of durability, rigidity, steadiness and oscillation of constructions; theory and methods of strength calculation and composite ware designing; computer modeling and analysis of deformation and oscillation of constructions.

Main and elective disciplines lectured by Department 603

Aeroelasticity of aircraft and composite ware; Computing mechanics; UAV and spacecraft construction mechanics; Experimental methods of durability; Steadiness of mechanical systems; Variation principles of mechanics; Anisotropic covering theory; Mathematical theory of composite mechanics; Elasticity theory; Dynamics of composite constructions; Theory of creep flow and plasticity; Methods of construction optimization; Fracture mechanics.

Department 604 – “System analysis and control”

The Department trains specialists in the field of analysis and synthesis of complex systems and estimation of their effectiveness as well as in the field of dynamics motion control of automatic aircraft.

Department 604 trains engineers following specialties

  • 160703 – “Flight dynamics and aircraft motion control”
  • 230301 – “Modeling and operational analysis in organizational and technical systems”

The main directions of training are the following

Modern management science; informatics; computer modeling; ballistics, dynamics, moving object control and navigation; system analysis and operational analysis, synthesis and control of complicated technical general-purpose systems; economics, marketing and management.

Main and elective disciplines lectured by Department 604

Specialty 131400 “Flight dynamics and motion control”

Modern management science for dynamic systems, statistical dynamics, methods of system analysis and synthesis, flight theory, methods of experimental research, systems of control, navigation and targeting, applied informatics and computing techniques, computer systems and software, methods of mathematical modeling, management and marketing.

Specialty 072200 “Modeling and operational analysis in organizational and technical systems”

System analysis, operational analysis, effectiveness and reliability, methods of analysis and synthesis in complicated systems, management science for large-scale systems, ecology, controlling systems and control centers, computer systems and software, methods of modeling in complicated systems, management and marketing.

The Department annually holds the international scientific conference “System analysis, navigation and control” in the town of Yevpatoria. At the conference the participants discuss recent advances of Russian and foreign scientists in such spheres as satellite navigation systems and remote sensing, ballistics, dynamics and control, computer and informational technologies, applied mathematical methods, analysis and synthesis of complicated systems, life support systems, organizational and economic systems and many others.

The graduates have an opportunity to continue their education at the postgraduate course or doctorate. Dissertation Council provides the defense of a thesis at the Department.

Department 605 – “Testing of engineering systems” (experimental research)

The Department trains specialists in the field of developing computer test complexes, testing new types of technical equipment of various economic and special purposes, developing systems of computer-assisted diagnosis, research in maintenance and operation of technical systems.

Department 605 trains engineers following specialties:

  • 160906 – “Test run of flight vehicles”
  • 020801 – “Ecology”

The main directions of training are the following

Methodology analysis for test run, technical diagnosis, designing testing benches with automatic control systems and information acquisition; developing launch processing systems and providing rocket and space launches; designing launching sites for small-scale remote-controlled flight vehicles; ecology in testing and environmental monitoring.

Main and elective disciplines lectured by Department 605

Flight testing. Designing testing benches. Climatic testing of remote-controlled flight vehicles. Flight regulation and servicing. Testing at processing and launching facilities. Gas-dynamic testing. Firing testing. Radiation and magnetic testing. Pre-launch preparation. Vacuum testing. Testing systems. Environmentally efficient technologies. Physics in biological environment. Monitoring hydrosphere and lithosphere. Aerospace monitoring. Ecology of tests. Ecological mapping. Man-made technological impact. Environmental security. Landscape science.

Department 606 – “Aerospace engineering production”

The Department trains specialists in the field of developing modern technologies of rocket and spacecraft production.

Department 606 trains engineers the following specialty:

  • 160802 – “Spacecraft and upper-stage rockets”

The main directions of training are the following

Developing technologies of producing, assembling and testing rocket and aerospace equipment; developing quality management technologies for certified high-quality producing; software development for intellectual engineering activities support in producing rocket and space equipment; development and testing technological operations of assemblage and maintenance of spacecraft on orbital flight.

Main and elective disciplines lectured by Department 606

Production technologies of space hardware. Engineering procedures in space. Intellectual property protection. UAV production technologies. Automation of engineering procedures. Production technologies of rocket-and-space systems. Constructional material technologies. Production technologies of life support systems. Control and test procedures. Production technologies of small-scale spacecraft and nanosatellites. Technical solution search theory.

Department 607 – “Life support systems”

The Department trains specialists in the field of development, design and research of life support systems, protection and rescue of people in an emergency including altitude flights and extravehicular space flights.

Department 607 was founded in 1970 and since that time it has graduated about 1200 professionals, 5 Doctors and 40 Candidates of Science. Department’s graduate A. I. Lazutkin is a Russian pilot-astronaut.

Department 607 trains engineers following specialties

  • 160804 – “Life support systems, spacecraft recovery and protection systems”
  • 200402 – “Engineering in biomedical practice”

The main directions of training are the following

Thermal control systems: research studies of thermal processes in aircraft thermal control systems, mathematical and computer modeling, experimental research on thermal control systems and life support systems taking into account inter-linkages with the crew, environment, space vehicle under the conditions of extreme factors exposure, design of heat exchange apparatus. Closed-cycle autonomous life support systems: research studies of biophysical, biochemical, biomechanical and physicochemical processes in the elements of life support systems, individual protection equipment and recovery facilities in emergency situation (space suits, protective clothing), design of ecological equipment, recourse saving and non-waste technologies for environmental protection. Engineering in biomedical practice: biomedical aspects of spaceflights, developing new medical technologies for examination and control of biological subjects (including human subjects). Informational support of biomedical research studies: medical data bases, expert systems, physicochemical methods biomedical experiments. Ergonomics and complex inhabitability, research studies of human functional systems, impact on human health and characteristics of its activities, ergonomic support of complex development and maintenance, ergonomic expertise.

Main and elective disciplines lectured by Department 607

Mathematical grounds for designing complicated technical systems. Engineering psychology. Design of life support systems. Thermal control systems. Power-engineering in life support systems. Life support systems. Safety of living. Social ecology of small groups. Technologies of producing life support systems. Autonomous life support and protection systems. Life support, protection and rescue systems for space crews and vehicles. Hydromechanics and heat passage. Methods of biomedical and experimental data processing. Management grounds for medical facilities. Medical devices and systems. Design of biomedical equipment. Aerospace biomedicine. Biomechanics. Biophysics. Human and animal biology. The foundations of the theory of bioengineering systems. Methods of diagnostic studies. Internal fluid dynamics. Aerospace biology and medicine.

Ten professors (doctors of engineering science) and 5 associate professors (candidates of engineering science) lecture at the department. More than 180 students are trained. There is a full-time and extramural postgraduate course.

The Department has at its disposal a training research laboratory where one can find unique space suits, protection facilities, life support systems, computer facility and Internet access for students.

Department 608 – “Hydro aerospace system designing”

The Department trains specialists for developing hydro aerospace complexes, commercial missions in space, atmosphere and hydrosphere and monitoring national security in the field of defense, ecology etc.

Department 608 trains engineers the following specialty

  • 160801 – “Rocket engineering”

The main directions of training are the following: design theory, mathematical and program support of aircraft automated design engineering systems, computer modeling of aircraft controlled motion in atmosphere and hydrosphere, management and marketing in the field of aerospace systems.

The student union of engineering management works on the basis of the department.

Main and elective disciplines lectured by Department 608

Research management. The foundations of diversification and conversion. General design of double-sphere flying vehicles. Reliability, effectiveness and quality management. Maintenance and testing of high speed underwater vehicles. Theory and methods of automated design. Physics of maritime fields. Maritime physics and applied hydroacoustics. Hydroaeroballistic design. Engeneering foundations of dual technologies. Power systems of double-sphere flying vehicles. The foundations of designing intellectual systems. Automatic systems of double-sphere flying vehicles. Design of high speed underwater vehicles.

Department 609 – “Application informatics”

The Department trains specialists in the field of modern informational technologies, computing techniques, applied informatics and automation means. 

Department 609 trains engineers the following specialty:

  • 230104 – “Automated design engineering systems”

The main directions of training are the following

automated design and research engineering systems; means of intellectual support for various automatic systems; Web2.0 and social internet-systems; internet-systems for group performance (Wiki-systems); teleinformatics and network-operated systems; interactive network means; web-technologies and developing web-based applications; core banking systems; system and applied programming; management of informational support systems.

Main and elective disciplines lectured by Department 609

Theoretical foundations of informatics; Informatics; Programming (Assembler, FORTRAN, C, C++ and others); Discrete mathematics; Mathematical logic and algorithm theory; Computer graphics; Computing technique management; Networks and telecommunications; Operating systems (Windows, *nix and others); Developing operating systems; Data bases; Methods and means of data protection; Software architecture; linguistic and program support of computer-aided design; Developing computer-aided design; Intellectual subsystems of computer-aided design; Research planning in computer-aided design; Geometrical modeling in computer-aided design; The foundations of management science; Production management and planning; Design automation systems; Supportive systems of product life cycle; construction and technological design automation; Models and methods of design solution analysis; The foundations of scientific research; Industrial logistics.


  • an open training computer-aided design system. Applied use – designing truss constructions. Training use – providing deep insight into the automatic operations of design and engineering procedures for students studying these disciplines. Students studying at the department also have an opportunity to study algorithmization of computer-aided design systems. The system is used for laboratory-based research.


  • an open training CAE-system (finite element analysis system). Applied use - plain stress-strain state computation. Training use – studying the problems of CAE-system algorithmization. The system is used for laboratory-based research and undergraduate’s thesis.

Department 610 – “Rocket-and-space system maintenance”

The Department was founded in 2005 due to the heightened need professionals of rocket-and-space equipment maintenance in Russian and global markets.

The Department trains specialists for the rocket-and-space industry. The main future employer of the graduates is the Russian Space Agency, Rocket and Space Corporation “Energia”, Hrunichev State Space Research and Production Center and other major companies of the rocket-and-space industry. The students gain deep knowledge in the fields of applied mathematics and physics, informatics and computing techniques, design and maintenance of up-to-date rockets. The students use state-of-the-art computer technologies during their studying. Computer facilities of the Department are equipped with modern personal computers with a local information network and Internet access, which greatly broadens the effectiveness of studying.

Department 610 trains engineers the following specialty

  • 160802 – “Space vehicles and upper-stage rockets”

Main and elective disciplines lectured by Department 610

Spacecraft maintenance. The foundations of spacecraft construction. Spacecraft flight theory. The foundations of rocket-and-space technique construction. Testing and reliability of flying vehicles. Design of flying vehicles. Marketing of rocket-and-space services. Testing of space vehicles and vehicle-mounted systems. Organizing and providing flights in terrestrial and outer space. The foundations of building and operating rocket-and-space complexes. Spacecraft vehicle-mounted systems. Reliability and technical maintenance.