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In order to understand the difference looks at the definition of Aerospace and Aeronautics. Aerospace is a broader science including aeronautics and astronautics and is the study of flying vehicles operating within and outside of the earth’s atmosphere. Aeronautics is the study of flying vehicles operating within the earth atmosphere.
 

 

An aerospace engineer and an aeronautical engineer are mostly taught the same curriculum at the university but certain differences in courses do exist. Like courses like space propulsion, orbital mechanics, attitude determination and control systems, satellite and space systems are not part of aeronautical engineering curriculum. Furthermore, aeronautical engineering is also more closely related to aviation.

 

If you wish to design and work on airplanes or helicopter or in aviation then aeronautical engineering is good but if you wish to work on airplanes, helicopters, aviation and in rocketry, space shuttles and space station then aerospace engineering is better. Aerospace engineer has a wider array of opportunities than an aeronautical engineering in governmental and defense jobs where major work is being done on space programs.