Early Morning Moon Drifting Away

Not able to get a clear sky due to mist and fog, but this is the best i could get from the camera and my telescope Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ.


If sky stays clear we will post closeup images of planet Venus today.


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GATE 2014 Aerospace Engineering Syllabus – Aerodynamics


Basic Fluid Mechanics

  • Incompressible irrotational flow,
  • Helmholtz and kelvin theorem,
  • Singularities and superposition,
  • Viscous flows,
  • Boundary layer on a flat plate.

Airfoils and Wings

  • Classification of airfoils,
  • Aerodynamic Characteristics,
  • High lift devices,
  • Kutta Joukowski theorem,
  • Lift generation,
  • Thin airfoil theory,
  • Wing theory,
  • Induced drag,
  • Qualitative treatment of low aspect ratio wings.

Viscous Flows

  • Flow Separation,
  • Introduction to turbulence,
  • Transition,
  • Structure of a turbulent boundary.

Compressible flows

  • Dynamics and Thermodynamics of 1-D flow,
  • Isentropic flow,
  • Normal shock,
  • Oblique shock,
  • Prandtl- Meyer flow,
  • Flow In nozzles, Diffusers, Inviscid flow in a C-D Nozzle,
  • Flow in diffusers,
  • Subsonic and Supersonic airfoils,
  • Compressibility effects on lift and drag,
  • Critical and drag divergence Mach no,
  • Wave drag.

Wind tunnel Testing

  • Measurement and visualization techniques.  

GATE 2014 Aerospace Engineering Syllabus – Flight Mechanics

Flight Mechanics


  • Properties,
  • Standard atmosphere,
  • Classification of aircraft,
  • Airplane configurations and various parts

Airplane Performance

  • Pressure Altitude;
  • Equivalent, calibrated, indicated air speeds;
  • Primary flight instruments: Altimeter, ASI, VSI, Turn-bank indicator,
  • Drag polar;
  • Takeoff and landing;
  • Steady climb & descent;
  • Absolute and service ceiling;
  • Cruise, climb, endurance or loiter;
  • Load factor,
  • Turning flight,
  • V-n diagram;
  • Winds: head, tail & cross winds.

Static Stability

  • Angle of attack,
  • Sideslip;
  • Roll, pitch &yaw control;
  • Longitudinal stick fixed & free stability,
  • Horizontal tail position and size;
  • Directional stability,
  • Vertical tail position and size;
  • Dihedral stability.
  • Wing dihedral, sweep position; hinge movements, stick forces.

Dynamic Stability

  • Euler angles;
  • Equations of motion;
  • Aerodynamic forces and moments,
  • Stability & control derivatives;
  • Decoupling of longitudinal and lateral directional dynamics;
  • Longitudinal and lateral directional modes.
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