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Missile Design and System Engineering (AIAA Education)

Missile Design and System Engineering (AIAA Education)

Missile Design and System Engineering (AIAA Education)
By Eugene L. Fleeman

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In his latest book, "Missile Design and System Engineering", Eugene Fleeman presents a comprehensive review of the missile design and system engineering process pulling from his decades of experience in the development of missiles and their technologies. Aimed toward the needs of aerospace engineering students and professors, systems analysts and engineers, program managers, and others working in the areas of missile systems and missile technology development, the book provides readers with an understanding of missile design, missile technologies, launch platform integration, missile system measures of merit and the missile system development process. This book has been adapted from Fleeman's earlier title, "Tactical Missile Design, Second Edition" to include a greater emphasis on systems engineering. Topics discussed include: top components in the missile design and system engineering process; critical tradeoffs, methods and technologies in aerodynamic, propulsion, structure, seeker, warhead, fuzing, and subsystems sizing to meet flight performance and other requirements; launch platform - missile integration; robustness, lethality, guidance, navigation & control, accuracy, observables, survivability, reliability, and cost considerations; missile sizing examples for missile systems and missile technologies; and, missile system and missile technology development process.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #398482 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Amer Inst of Aeronautics n
  • Published on: 2013-08-26
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.20" h x 2.30" w x 6.60" l, 3.45 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 879 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

About the Author
EUGENE L. FLEEMAN has nearly 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 Air Force Research Laboratory, Rockwell International, Boeing, and Georgia Tech, he is an international lecturer on missiles, the author of over 100 publications, and an AIAA course instructor.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Required reading for the professional.
By tonyoc
Excellent book serves as the standard on the subject. It provides insights on a college level on missile design and systems engineering. A must in the professionals library.

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
4Good book but I didn't find a clear - direct ...
By Luis San Martin Riveros
Good book but I didn't find a clear - direct method to design any missile o rocket. That's a good generic book

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful.
5THE Gold Standard in Missile Design; adds substantial new material
By George P. Burdell
As an aerospace engineer who has been lucky to study under Fleeman during his tenure at Georgia Tech and participate in his continuing education courses on missile design, I recently ordered a copy of his latest book, Missile Design and Systems Engineering. For years, I have used his "Tactical Missile Design" as the go-to reference for missile design activities. Missile Design and Systems Engineering is a SUBSTANTIAL update with significant new material, including an integration of systems engineering considerations with the missile design process. It took me months to read and digest the nearly 900-page volume.

I consider Fleeman's latest academic contribution to the field to be *the* critical textbook for education in a discipline that is sadly becoming somewhat of a lost art as the engineers who gave us the Sparrow, AMRAAM, Tomahawk, Polaris, and other great missiles retire. When you pick it up, you can't help but think of this as "The Raymer Book for Missiles," but Fleeman's is far superior as it goes into far more depth in information presentation, exposition of topics, relevant exercises, and thorough coverage of everything you need to know to design your own missiles (gulp!?).

The trademark of this book is its extensive use of closed-form analytic solutions. Most modern design techniques advocate running a bazillion computer simulations, aggregating the results, and trying to make sense of them (also gulp!?). Coming from a time when engineers engineered, Fleeman puts equations everywhere. There are thousands of equations in this book. Every step of the problem is explained (thank you!). This is critically important as it allows the student/designer to actually understand the trends driving the design, the key factors in design trades, and to justify design decisions with actual physics. Fleeman is the first author to put all this information in one place, and tell the story of the design process to string it all together.

A 900-page textbook can be pretty daunting, but there is a figure on almost every page. Most are cleanly presented graphs and charts that depict the key sensitivities in the missile design process. They are useful as "rules of thumb" for new designs or checking the performance of design simulations or flight tests. He also extensively uses "consumer reports charts" to assist in analysis-of-alternatives for design choices, and he reviews the pros and cons of many different missile systems under various operating conditions. The flow of this book is excellent (especially the chapter on aerodynamic considerations! har har!) and it would be easy for an entry-level engineer or late-career engineer to follow. The book is clearly intended to augment Fleeman's short course of the same name, but it also stands alone as a comprehensive, end-to-end bible for the missile engineering community.

Key new contributions in this book include expanded material on turbojet and ramjet propulsion, and integration of these considerations into the design process. The book also includes new material on non-tactical missiles and missile defense considerations. Unlike other books in this genre that focus solely on design or performance evaluation, Fleeman integrates modern synthesis and sizing methods with the black art of missile design. He introduces simple systems engineering tools like the "House of Quality" but also touches on more advanced concepts including design-of-experiments, simulation tools, and multi-variable optimization. He also addresses the acquisition process (third gulp!?) and briefly discusses the history of major missile programs and their evolution through time.

The book also introduces the somewhat kitschy but wildly popular "soda straw rocket" design process. While it seems like an exercise for kids, it's actually remarkably hard to design a soda straw rocket that flies straight... and you actually have to apply design principles (for example, working out the aerodynamics and center of gravity) to make the thing even get off the launcher. It's a wonderful capstone exercise for those of us that don't have the budget to build our own Tomahawk.

My tongue-in-cheek summary: if you are a "good guy" or "ally" and considering buying and using this excellent and detailed book, please do so. If you consider yourself a "bad guy" or "Bond Villain" bent on world domination, you should really skip this and read "Harry Potter" instead.

"Missile Design and Systems Engineering" is the new one-stop shop for missile engineering, emergent missile design programs at technical universities, and short courses/continuing education on missile design.

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