— Theodore Von Karman, Aerospace Engineer.
Indeed, as far as Aerospace Engineering is concerned, the practitioners of this field have actually created the world that never was.
Aerospace engineering covers everything related with air crafts and spacecrafts - from their design to construction and science. It is sub-divided into two major branches, which more or less overlaps each other: aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering. While aeronautical engineering primarily deals with air crafts that stay within the Earth's atmosphere, astronautical engineering on the other hand deals with spacecrafts operating outside of Earth's atmosphere.
As far as aircrafts, rockets, flying crafts & spacecrafts are concerned, aerospace engineering looks into the whole science behind their design, construction, and study of their forces and physical properties. The aerodynamic characteristics and behaviors, airfoil, control surfaces, lift, drag, and other properties are also covered in this field of engineering.
Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineering is one of the most challenging fields of engineering with a wide scope for growth. This field deals with the development of new technology in the field of aviation, space exploration and defense systems. It specializes in the designing, construction, development, testing, operation and maintenance of both commercial and military aircraft, spacecrafts and their components as well as satellites and missiles.
Aeronautical engineering job usually requires the incumbent engineer to work in teams under the supervision of senior engineers, bringing together their skills and technical expertise.
The aeronautical engineer can specialize in areas like structural design, navigational guidance and control systems, instrumentation and communication or production methods or it can be in a particular product such as military aircrafts, passenger planes, helicopters, satellites, rockets etc.