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The Science of Flight

Master the principles of flight with an award-winning professor and Smithsonian curators.

Watch First Lecture

29 Lectures

1
Image of Fundamentals of Flight: Gliding
Fundamentals of Flight: Gliding
0 of 34 min
2
Image of Balloons, Buoyancy, and the Atmosphere
Balloons, Buoyancy, and the Atmosphere
0 of 34 min
3
Image of Takeoff: How Wings Produce Lift
Takeoff: How Wings Produce Lift
0 of 30 min
4
Image of Drag Trade-Offs and Boundary-Layer Turbulence
Drag Trade-Offs and Boundary-Layer Turbulence
0 of 33 min
5
Image of Stall Events and Lift-Induced Drag
Stall Events and Lift-Induced Drag
0 of 33 min
6
Image of Wind Tunnels and Predicting Aerodynamics
Wind Tunnels and Predicting Aerodynamics
0 of 33 min
7
Image of Propeller Aircraft: Slow and Efficient
Propeller Aircraft: Slow and Efficient
0 of 33 min
8
Image of Jet Aircraft: Thrust to Fly Fast
Jet Aircraft: Thrust to Fly Fast
0 of 31 min
9
Image of Aircraft Structures and Materials
Aircraft Structures and Materials
0 of 36 min
10
Image of Aircraft Stability and Flight Control
Aircraft Stability and Flight Control
0 of 34 min
11
Image of Flying Faster and Higher
Flying Faster and Higher
0 of 36 min
12
Image of Breaking the Sound Barrier and Beyond
Breaking the Sound Barrier and Beyond
0 of 35 min
13
Image of Long-Distance Flight and Predicting Range
Long-Distance Flight and Predicting Range
0 of 33 min
14
Image of Aerobatics and Dogfighting
Aerobatics and Dogfighting
0 of 32 min
15
Image of Mission Profiles and Aircraft Design
Mission Profiles and Aircraft Design
0 of 33 min
16
Image of Primary Cockpit Instruments
Primary Cockpit Instruments
0 of 33 min
17
Image of Air Traffic Navigation and Communication
Air Traffic Navigation and Communication
0 of 32 min
18
Image of Flight Autonomy and Drones
Flight Autonomy and Drones
0 of 32 min
19
Image of Helicopters and Vertical Flight
Helicopters and Vertical Flight
0 of 33 min
20
Image of Rocket Science and the Evolution of Launch
Rocket Science and the Evolution of Launch
0 of 32 min
21
Image of Orbiting Earth Means Always Falling
Orbiting Earth Means Always Falling
0 of 34 min
22
Image of To Mars and Beyond: Gravity-Assist Flight
To Mars and Beyond: Gravity-Assist Flight
0 of 31 min
23
Image of Atmospheric Reentry: Ballistic, Skip, Glide
Atmospheric Reentry: Ballistic, Skip, Glide
0 of 34 min
24
Image of The Future of Air and Space Flight
The Future of Air and Space Flight
0 of 39 min
25
Image of Bonus Material: Gustave Eiffel's Wind Tunnels
Bonus Material: Gustave Eiffel's Wind Tunnels
0 of 04 min
26
Image of Bonus Material: Engineering Faster Flight Speeds
Bonus Material: Engineering Faster Flight Speeds
0 of 13 min
27
Image of Bonus Material: Why the Wright Flyer Succeeded
Bonus Material: Why the Wright Flyer Succeeded
0 of 10 min
28
Image of Bonus Material: The Wright Brothers' Innovations
Bonus Material: The Wright Brothers' Innovations
0 of 03 min
29
Image of Bonus Material: Higher, Farther, Faster
Bonus Material: Higher, Farther, Faster
0 of 21 min

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November 26, 2018

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November 16, 2018
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August 1, 2018

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