About This Course


Following a brief physics review, an understanding of suborbital trajectories demonstrating applicable coordinate systems and motion of suborbital vehicles including an analysis of SpaceShipOne’s trajectory is presented. Once you are familiar with suborbital spaceflight trajectories, lessons on control systems and how they can be used to maintain a rocket on its trajectory are taught. This course explains control system fundamentals, attitude control systems, and Navigation, Guidance and Control Systems. Rocket engines are the core of spacecraft propulsion systems. Rockets are used to launch vehicles into space, maneuver in space, attitude control, and rockets can be used to slow a vehicle down during descent. The lesson on rocket engines includes a discussion on thrust, momentum & impulse, the rocket equation, thermodynamic expansion, and propulsion systems.  

In this course you will learn details about the Mercury Redstone rocket, the X-15, and SpaceShipOne along with a summary of suborbital vehicles that are currently being developed, tested, and flown. Get up to speed on suborbital rockets at your own pace with this online ground school! Contact us through our website at beyondblue.ca if you have any questions about the course.

The Idea

Beyond Blue Aerospace was established in January 2010 as a federal (Canadian) corporation to provide products and services for aviation, rocketry, and spaceflight.

The primary operational goal of Beyond Blue Aerospace (BBA) is to develop an efficient and reusable suborbital vehicle capable of takeoff and landing like a conventional aircraft.

The Offerings

To help fund our research and development efforts, as well as contribute to aviation, rocketry, and spaceflight, BBA has chosen to create an online education portal and shop.

Every attempt will be made to provide a cross section of services and products that complement the corporate mandate.

100% Beyond Blue

The aim is to offer products and services directly created and provided 

Actionable Training


This knowledge you can apply in the real world.

Premium Course Material


Based on well researched textbooks and professional experience.

Challenging Quizzes


We put you to the test to show off what you learned.

Third in a Four Course Series


This is the third course in our for part Suborbital Spaceflight Ground School Series. Check out:

  • Suborbital Space Environment
  • High Altitude Operations
  • Space Law

You can register any one of these courses or choose a four course bundle and save!


Choose a Pricing Option

$290

Course 3 with Textbook

Includes online course and physical textbook shipped to you

Fee includes online course access and physical textbook shipped to you. Orders outside of North America may have additional shipping charges apply. Shipping information will be required to receive the text material.

12 payments of $25/month

12 payments of $25/month

Twelve Month Payment Plan Including Textbook

Payment Plan includes online course access and physical textbook shipped to you. Orders outside of North America may have additional shipping charges apply. Shipping information will be required to receive the text material.


Payment Plan must be completed to receive certificate of completion.

$200

Course 3 Fee - No Textbook

Online Course Only

Fee covers this online course only.


This is for students who already own a copy of the Suborbital Pilots Ground School Manual. It is highly recommended that you have this text when taking any of the BBA Spaceflight Ground School courses. If you do not have a copy of the manual choose the course with textbook option.

12 payments of $18/month

12 payments of $18/month

Monthly Payment Plan Course 3 - No Textbook

The student will have to complete all payments to get a certificate of completion.


This plan covers the online course only.


This is for students who already own a copy of the Suborbital Pilots Ground School Manual. It is highly recommended that you have this text when taking any of the BBA Spaceflight Ground School courses. If you do not have a copy of the manual choose the course with textbook option.