Aerospace Engineering

Your subject page provides links to key subject resources available in the library and online, accessible both on and off campus, guides about using information for your studies and links to additional resources. 

Subject Resources

Reading Lists

The simplest and quickest way to find good quality academic reading relevant to your lectures and assignments is to search for the online reading list using your module code. This will link you directly to eBooks and articles in eJournals as well as trustworthy websites.  These lists can also be accessed via SurreyLearn.


Subject databases are online searchable collections providing access to a range of information including journal articles, newspapers and trade papers. Some databases will link to the full text of articles, others will only provide the reference.  

Key databases for Aeronautical Engineering are Aerospace and high technology database, Scopus, Inspec, ESDU (Engineering Sciences Data Unit) and IEEE.

Please see your Information Skills Librarian for advice about searching the databases. 

Journals and eJournals (electronic journals)

Journals and ejournal are available in print or online and are published frequently, i.e. monthly, quarterly, journals can be peer reviewed: read by other experts in the field prior to publication.

To help you find journal articles and journals use our SurreySearch facility that will enable you to search a wide range of University of Surrey Library content all in one place.

eBooks (electronic books)

eBooks allow you to access textbooks online either in subject areas or larger collections.  Useful collections for Aeronautical Engineering textbooks are ENGnetBASE, Safari Books online, Ebrary and Knovel.  There are also links to title on SurreySearch to electronic versions of the text - look for the e-link.


SurreySearch allows you to search for books, articles, AV materials, databases, items in our archives and special collections and the research outputs of our academics and PhD students.

Use SurreySearch to find the exact shelfmark and location for each book.  If you are searching for books on a particular topic, use a keyword search.

Google Scholar can be used to find a range of searches including articles and open access repositories, providing a cross disciplinary search with links to full text documents. 


AERADE is a collection of quality aerospace and defence resources.  Search or browse by subject area and a description is available to evaluate the resource.


Newspapers are available on line using the Nexis database. A digital edition of The Times (London) from 1785-1985 is also available 

Useful Web Links

Reference works

Compressible aerodynamics calculator allows you to calculate the standard relations for the compressible flow of a perfect gas.  Three sets of relations are included - isentropic flow relations, normal hock relations and oblique shock relations.

Aviation terms glossary is a searchable list of aviation terms.

DoD dictionary of military terms includes acronyms and abbreviations.

Online Books

See how it flies: a new spin on the perceptions, procedures and principles of flight  is useful to pilots and anyone interested in how aeroplanes behave.

Gas turbine primer: an introduction to air breathing engines taken from chapter 1 of Mattingly's Elements of propulsion: gas turbines and rockets (2006).

Course Materials

MIT open courseware: aeronautics and astronautics provides a list of online courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which link to full text course materials such as lecture notes, projects, study materials and assignments.

Design centred introduction to aerospace engineering Produced by the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Aerospace Engineering, this provides an introductory course plus a number of courses to related sub-disciplines.

E-Learning Materials

Basics of spaceflight A training module developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that you can work through at your own pace.

Digital Repositories

SRE electronic preprint delivery service  European Space Agency publications open access database containing over 1000 publications.

Cranfield CERES Cranfield University's digital repository contains journal pre-prints and peer reviewed journal reprints, full-text digital theses, book chapters, working papers and technical reports.

CERN articles and preprints Articles, preprints, theses and reports from CERN.

OpenDOAR offers access to institutional repositories worldwide.

Technical Reports

NASA technical reports server searches NASA and NACA technical reports and allows you to view the full text of many of them.

Defense technical information center search its technical reports collection and allows you to view the full text of many of them.


ADS is the UK's trade organisation for the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAES) is a multidisciplinary professional institution dedicated to the global aerospace community.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for US data on airports and traffic, statistics, licences and certificates, regulations and policy and safety.

FAST Museum collection archive of equipment, machinery, photographs, films, reports and books and is continuously being recorded and updated and recognised by world-class institutions, such as The Royal Aeronautical Society, The Science Museum and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


UK Ministry of Defence News, analysis and official publications from the MoD and UK armed services.

Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is part of the Department for Transport and is responsible for the investigation of civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK. Access the full text of formal reports, bulletins, progress reports and foreign reports.

NASA NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. This is a huge site documenting NASA's activities.


European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) develops common safety and environmental rules at the European level.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the UK's specialist aviation regulator.

Social Media

BlogAERADE Aerospace and defence news blog.

NASA blogs NASA's blogs collected together in one place.

Defence Headquarters YouTube channel UK MoD and armed forces video clips

Defence image database UK Ministry of Defence online image database.

NASA podcasts The homepage of NASA's audio and video podcasts.

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