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Space Studies (SP)

Courses

SP 110  Introduction to Space Flight  3 Credits

This course provides the student with a background in the major aspects of space flight. Topics covered include the history of space flight; propulsion theory; orbital mechanics fundamentals; Space Shuttle operations; U.S. space policy; and present and future commercial, industrial, and military applications in space.

SP 200  Planetary and Space Exploration  3 Credits

This is a survey course of U.S. and international space programs. The student will be introduced to the Earth and its space environment; to methods of scientific exploration; and to spacecraft and payload criteria at the introductory physics level.

SP 210  Space Transportation System  3 Credits

A survey course of the space transportation system (STS) at the introductory physics level. Included are manned space flight operations, supporting systems, and the space shuttle mission, both present and future. A review of space shuttle flight profiles, guidance and navigation control, proximity operations and rendezvous, and a brief review of hypersonic orbiter aerodynamics are included. Also covered are future STS applications to space station logistical operations, commercial applications, and Department of Defense operations.

SP 215  Space Station Systems and Operations  3 Credits

This course provides the student with a background in the major aspects of the International Space Station (ISS) and the Russian Mir spacecraft. Specific topics include commercial applications, logistical support, maintenance, servicing, and design concepts.

SP 220  Life Support Systems  3 Credits

This course is a survey, at the elementary physics level, of the requirements and design considerations for life support systems in space and on other planets. Included are an introduction to basic human physiology, a description of the space environment and a survey of historical life support systems, and a presentation of spacecraft limitations and requirements.

SP 299  Special Topics in Space Studies  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in space studies related topics.

SP 300  Satellite and Spacecraft Systems  3 Credits

Orbital satellites and spacecraft are discussed according to their application, design, and environment. The power system, shielding, and communication systems are reviewed along with their missions, space environment, and limitations.
Prerequisites: MA 112.

SP 340  Russian Space Operations and Technology  3 Credits

Dramatically different space programs in the United States and the Soviet Union accomplished many of the same goals, with one important difference. This course will examine the Russian space flight efforts in light of the dramatic race to space, from the first concepts of Tsiolkovsky to todays International Space Station project. Discussion of the highlights of Russias well-known as well as obscure space programs will offer the student insight into the space flight record that is often missing because of the secretive Soviet Union.

SP 399  Special Topics in Space Studies  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in space studies related topics.

SP 400  Introduction to Space Navigation  3 Credits

This course will introduce the student to basic elements of space navigation at the introductory physics level. The consequences of Newton's law of gravitation and central force motion, including Keplers three laws of planetary motion, are explained. The physical characteristics of the solar system and the Earth/Moon system are reviewed. The basic methods and techniques of navigating in near-Earth orbit and the Moon and planets are described.
Prerequisites: MA 112 and PS 103.

SP 425  Selected Topics in Space and Aerospace  3 Credits

This course introduces students to problems in space operations, space flight, or other space-related topics that can be critically addressed from a knowledge base of elementary calculus, elementary physics, and the subject matter of any two space studies courses. The specific topics will be selected by the course monitor and instructor and published in the Schedule of Courses in the preceding semester. This is a required course for the Space Studies minor.
Prerequisites: PS 104.

SP 499  Special Topics in Space Studies  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in space studies related topics.