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Commercial Space Operations (CSO)

Courses

CSO 101  Space Programs Seminar  1 Credit (1,0)

A continuation of the college success course introduces students to the degree structure and the resources available to reach their learning goals and career aspirations. Seminar topics and speakers explore the private, commercial, and agency space programs underway and in the planning stages.

CSO 199  Special Topics in Commercial Space Operations  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in commercial space operations.

CSO 230  Space Policy and Law - History  3 Credits (3,0)

How and why underlying factors in Cold War weapons buildup directed the first space efforts in the two Superpowers following WW-II. Continuing evolution of space policy linked through scientific exploration, national interests, and national security; specific legislative processes and landmarks; contemporary policy issues.

CSO 299  Special Topics in Commercial Space Operations  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in commercial space operations.

CSO 310  International Space Policy and Law  3 Credits (3,0)

Examination of U.S. and international space policy and law which continually evolve due to revised goals and objectives in space operations and partnerships. Influence includes budget and defense issues, and shifting space programs. Current space policy and law issues reviewed, along with needs and accommodations for international law and treaty obligations.
Prerequisites: CSO 230.

CSO 330  Spaceflight and Operations Training  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction of astronaut and cosmonaut selection and training showing strong parallels with military pilot selection and training, including the rapid evolution of manned space flight training. Current selection techniques, and Spaceflight and Operations Training programs examined, along with the training center facilities and shared training techniques used for International Space Station crews. Examination of commercial training programs already in place and planned.
Prerequisites: HF 330.

CSO 351  Fundamentals of Space Policy and Regulation  3 Credits (3,0)

Regulatory survey of US law, policy and certification requirements for commercial space programs. Identify the role of key space authorities and regulators (e.g. FAA, NASA). License elements and approaches are introduced for spaceflight operations. Requirements for crew training, program evaluation, facilities, medical requirements, and safety practices reviewed.

CSO 377  Spacesuits and Human Spaceflight Operations  3 Credits (3,0)

Exploration of our place in the universe begins with understanding how we can survive in the harsh environment of space wearing humankind's tiniest spaceship: the spacesuit. This course introduces students to human spaceflight topics including spacesuit history, design, human factors considerations, space life support systems, as well as intravehicular and extravehicular operations, which can be critically addressed from a knowledge base of elementary mathematics, materials, and exploration history. This course was initially developed as a study abroad program in Greece, which took advantage of the clear water visibility in the Mediterranean Sea with practical scuba demonstrations underwater of space operations. The history of spaceflight was linked to ancient exploration technology and culture while living on a sailboat for two-weeks exploring the Cycladic Islands followed by hiking scenic Greek mountains. Future offerings will explore locations with similar scuba opportunities, volcanic landscapes (connecting to lunar and Martian geology), and/or industry locations. The on-campus course offers hands-on experience and projects in the Spacesuit Utilization of Innovative Technology Laboratory (S.U.I.T. Lab).
Prerequisites: BSCSO BSSFO or Space Studies minor only.

CSO 390  Payloads and Integration  3 Credits (3,0)

Evaluate overall impact of integration and design concepts on various spacecraft and payload component subsystems. Determine how to align myriad requirements with available system and subsystem performance. Define a final integrated system arrangement and work through validation and testing procedures.

CSO 399  Special Topics in Commercial Space Operations  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in commercial space operations.

CSO 410  Space Operations Planning and Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

Safety assurance and risk analysis are emphasized in mission planning, and in launch and flight operations for each phase of commercial space flight. Included are pad and range safety considerations in launch preparations and launch operations; contingency planning for flight operations including reentry.

CSO 460  Applied Spaceflight Policy and Regulation  3 Credits (3,0)

Development and operational regulation and certification for commercial launchers and flight vehicles examined for both cargo and crew ratings. Private and commercial programs compared to NASA projects, with safety and security concerns emphasized. Space launch, flight, and reentry planning and contingency elements reviewed, in addition to coordination of planned and emergency commercial and private space operations with Federal airspace and aviation operations.
Prerequisites: CSO 351.

CSO 490  Senior Space Operations Project  3 Credits (3,0)

Required senior-level capstone project entails interdisciplinary coordination of a simulated flight, launch or training program comparable to commercial or private space operations at established companies.
Prerequisites: CSO 330 and CSO 351 and CSO 410.

CSO 499  Special Topics in Commercial Space Operations  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in commercial space operations.