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What is the difference between Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering?

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Engineering field, also known as, the non-medical field of profession is quite diverse and provides a lot of options to the students. There are several branches within the engineering field such as mechanical and bioengineering. The mechanical engineering field is further divided into branches such as automobile engineering, mechatronics engineering as well as aerospace engineering. If you are aspiring to become a mechanical engineer it is important for you to decide the field that you want to work in.

As we all know, the board exams for the 12th class are going on and many of our young scholars studying non-medical subjects would be aspiring to become engineers after their exams. From all the existing branches of engineering, a good number of students are opting for aeronautical and aerospace engineering. But the greatest hindrance in their path is the lack of information and guidance for these two branches. So here we have tried to gather all the relevant information required to know the difference between aeronautical and aerospace engineering. Hope this information helps you to choose the best field according to your interest.

The difference between Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering:

Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering are two branches of Engineering that require a high degree of determination, interest and hard work in order to have a successful and bright future. Aerospace Engineering is a wider subject and Aeronautical engineering is basically a branch of it. There are several companies that value the aerospace and aeronautical engineering over mechanical engineering as the studies that are offered in the field of aerospace engineering is difficult compared to the mechanical engineering.

The basic similarities and difference between aerospace and aeronautical engineering are explained ahead.

Similarities: In both the branches you learn to design, manufacture and maintain aircraft. Also, you learn a lot about the aerodynamics as well as thermodynamics associated with aircraft technology.




It is a wide branch of engineering

It is a sub part of aerospace engineering

Deals with the aircrafts flying within the earth’s atmosphere as well as in outer space

Deals only with aircrafts flying within the earth’s atmosphere.

Aerospace engineering as the word “space” depicts deals with the design and construction of aircrafts and spacecrafts.

Deals with design and construction of aircraft only

It has further two branches for specialization :aeronautical(aircraft designing) and astronautical engineering(spacecraft designing)

It itself  is a  part of aeronautical engineering

The course of Aerospace engineering includes the study of satellites, missiles, rockets and space stations, along with aircraft

Aeronautical engineering deals only with the design and study of airplanes and helicopters.

Students pursuing aerospace engineering have a bright scope of jobs and placements in organizations like NASA and ISRO.


The students who opted for aeronautical engineering may have better job opportunities in the aviation industry.

Aerospace is not a very common branch of engineering and is  taught in few selected colleges or universities

It is a common branch of engineering and is available in almost all the top colleges and universities.

Aerospace Engineering involves the development of new technology and systems for the aviation and defence systems. It deals with the designing and manufacturing of hi-tech systems


Aeronautical Engineering is a part of Aerospace Engineering that deals with the designing, maintenance and working of aircrafts and all the related technology.

This discipline requires the skills knowledge and interest in designing, using and maintenance of new hi tech systems.


This discipline requires the urge to understand the concepts of aerodynamics, wind and motion in order to fly, design and maintain aircrafts.



No matter which branch you choose, without due dedication there are no chances of success. Pursuing aeronautical engineering offers you a wider range of future prospects whereas if you go ahead with aerospace engineering the goal appears clear as the options are precise. Hope this article proves beneficial for all the young scholars who aspire to fly high and touch the sky. It also clears the confusion that is always there about the two branches of Engineering. One has to study hard and choose wisely the best branch of engineering suitable according to his/ her interests and make a bright future. ALL THE BEST !!

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