Today science and engineering are not very different
in most aerospace organizations. That is, aerospace engineering generally
involves the Research and Development (R&D) of definable propulsion and
flight systems by making improvements to gain minor performance increases,
where space science generally involves the R&D (engineering) of definable
instruments for detecting earth signatures (earth science) and space
signatures (astrophysics/cosmology) for understanding the nature of these
environments. The only difference is that aerospace engineering R&D seeks to
improve upon engineering methods, where space science R&D seeks to
understand what one desires to seek in order to collect and study the data
received toward scientific proposes. None of
this involves rocket scientist, in fact, one
could say that rocket science lays lost somewhere between aerospace
engineering and space science.
Admittedly, some aspects of the
rocket scientist can be found speckled across the aerospace industry, but
not as a defined discipline or profession. The
age of the pure rocket scientist ended quietly decades ago
amidst the ever increasing engineering management dominated aerospace
communities and the ever
segmentation of the science communities. A fact that
has become ever so true in the face of limited funding in both sectors.
In 2008, the founders created
the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Space, Propulsion and Energy
Sciences to rejuvenate the Rocket Science
discipline and profession by helping to integrate the sciences toward basic
research in SPACE, PROPULSION and ENERGY SCIENCES, not only in the US, but
around the world.
Are you a pure rocket scientist?
If so, send your job description to
aerospace engineers, please.