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ASCI 512 : Space Mission and Launch Operations

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Space Mission and Launch Operations
This course introduces the student to launch, mission operations, and facilities for manned and unmanned missions at U.S. and foreign sites. Satellite and spacecraft launch facility system discussion covers safety, meteorology, communications, and tracking, as well as navigation and control systems. Examples of mission control, operations, and systems include spacecraft project descriptions and control site operations. Computer-based simulation instruction provides mission and site specific operation detail.

Provide an introduction to basic astronautics theory and mission scenarios. The topics covered will include: the space environment; spacecraft launch, mission, and entry operations; orbital mechanics; spacecraft systems and design; emerging commercial spaceflight development in the U.S.; past and future space exploration efforts. Special emphasis is placed on International Space Station and STS operations to illustrate mission elements and spacecraft systems. NASA’s strategic planning process is examined along with future programs such as Constellation which will replace or enhance legacy programs such as the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The emerging commercial launch market supporting NASA and DoD missions, such as United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Orbital Sciences, is examined along with the rapid development of an emerging space tourist industry initiated by the winning of the X-Prize by Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Compare the principal systems used for launching satellite and spacecraft from the primary U.S. and foreign launch sites.

2. Analyze the communications system requirements for typical data and telemetry communications for space flight programs.

3. Evaluate the requirements for coordinating a spaceflight launch with both military and civil agencies responsible for launch control, range safety, meteorology, tracking and communications.

4. Evaluate basic operations and systems for spacecraft and satellite mission completion including mission planning, launch, flight control (GN&C) and data acquisition.

5. Compare the operations and organization of U.S. spacecraft mission centers, including JPL, JSC and the Goddard Spaceflight Center.

6. Analyze the flight profiles and plans for several spacecraft launch systems, including the Ares, United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Delta and Atlas; ESA's Ariane; and the Space Shuttle.

7. Apply the necessary planning steps for mission planning, launch integration, launch and flight elements of a spacecraft project.

8. Evaluate the safety concerns in the design, launch and flight regimes of typical spacecraft or satellite projects.

9. Analyze the ground support and operations requirements for both launch and flight segments of spacecraft projects.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

10. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter (effective July 1, 2013).

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Ernest W. Maurer - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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