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ASCI 110 : Introduction to Space Flight

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Introduction to Space Flight
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 transportation operations; U.S. space policy; and present and future commercial, industrial, and military applications in space.

This course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the purposes, methods, and applications of space flight operations, including satellites and manned operations in Earth orbit. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to evaluate the various aspects of space flight as they apply to other specific educational disciplines.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Identify the key individuals and important historical milestones, internationally, for both manned and unmanned space flight.

2. Describe the basic principles of propulsion and how launch vehicles (manned and unmanned, expendable and reusable) are used to achieve spaceflight.

3. Explain why spacecraft and satellites employ specific types of orbits and define basic orbit terminology, including eccentricity, period, and inclination.

4. Identify elements of the space environment including those originating in the solar system and those that come from other parts of the universe.

5. Describe satellite operations such as those associated with communications and navigation.

6. Explain remote sensing from space and define related concepts such as spectral bands and resolution.

7. Describe space transportation systems and their major technical components and proposed follow-on manned and unmanned launch systems.

8. Discuss the physical challenges associated with humans living in space and how these obstacles have been addressed.

9. Discuss the history of space stations, proposals for future space stations, and plans for establishing colonies on other worlds.

10. Discuss past and current U.S. policies and treaties that have impacted public and commercial space systems development and operations.

11. Identify current and proposed commercial space initiatives to include space tourism, commercial spaceport operations, and the vehicles in development to support such operations.

12. Prepare a research report on a topic in manned or unmanned space flight history, commercial space operations, space technology and/or capability development, or a person of significance in the evolution of space.

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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
Sonya A. H. McMullen - 3/1/2015
Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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