The big problem with Space in AE is the mathematics. Once you run out of the "cool" stuff and get to the nuts and bolts, you get into some fairly heavy mathematics quickly, and unfortunately that turns a lot of people off and is beyond the capabilities of the younger Cadets who are just learning Algebra

Would CAP corporate be interested in approaching NASA as a partner??

Quote from: Al Sayre on January 08, 2007, 10:45:45 AMThe big problem with Space in AE is the mathematics. Once you run out of the "cool" stuff and get to the nuts and bolts, you get into some fairly heavy mathematics quickly, and unfortunately that turns a lot of people off and is beyond the capabilities of the younger Cadets who are just learning AlgebraThere is a LOT more to space AE than math, Al. I'm a total dolt with math (seriously.. I get turned off quickly beyond algebra or some very, very minor trig), but I understand enough about orbital mechanics and "know what I don't know" so that I don't encounter a technical treatise on why a 2-engine OMS burn on the ride uphill is a good idea and go "Yeah, math. Done!" and have my earflaps slam shut.I was interested in the space program at 2 1/2. I knew nothing about math. I knew EVERYTHING about Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.(I'm the guy who, sitting in a Cuban restaurant in Cocoa Beach the night prior to the launch of STS-116, recognized NASA astronaut and Expedition 7 Flight Engineer Dr. Ed Lu when he got up to leave... No, no, I'm not a terriffic space geek...)