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.