Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate the importance of U.S. and foreign space exploration programs relating to Earth Sensing research.
2. Evaluate the importance of space exploration technologies in solving the problems associated with the stewardship of a healthy planet.
3. Analyze the planned programs for researching the Earth's physical character and resources, and how the success of these programs will be measured.
4. Evaluate the importance of Earth resource remote sensing and the advantages and disadvantages of remote sensing technologies in accomplishing effective resource management and exploitation.
5. Identify and justify the global economic and social needs for resource exploration and management.
6. Analyze the impact of the Earth Observation System (EOS) and Mission to Planet Earth (MTPE) on research and exploration on the Earth and its space environment.
7. Evaluate the data collection, management and distribution methods available for current Earth observation projects and the evolving Earth Observation System Data Information System (EOSDIS).
8. Evaluate one or more of the Earth-observation project's results and its impact on environmental/resource program planning.
9. Evaluate the satellite design requirements and key trades conducted when developing a space-based remote sensing platform.