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Space Studies - GR (SPAC)

Courses

SPAC 500  Overview of the Space Ecosystem  3 Credits (3,0)

Strategic perspective on the global space economy by evaluating the entire market ecosystem. History of the development of government and commercial space programs. Analyses of the major space market segments including consideration of: market attractiveness, market size and growth, market actors, upstream and downstream markets, and the analytic tools to perform market analyses. Fundamentals of strategy, business and finance.

SPAC 505  The Launch Industry  3 Credits (3,0)

Focused, integrated, and full range perspective of the launch industry. Adjacent sectors are only considered in their interfaces with the launch industry.

SPAC 510  The Satellite Communications Industry  3 Credits (3,0)

Focused, integrated, and full range perspective of the communications satellite industry. Adjacent sectors are only considered in their interfaces with the communications satellite industry.

SPAC 511  Earth Observation and Remote Sensing  3 Credits (3,0)

Overview of the full scope of the satellite remote sensing industry including history, technology, operations and business. Covers a range of markets including commercial, government civil, and national security.

SPAC 512  Human Spaceflight Industry  3 Credits (3,0)

Introduction to launch, mission operations, and facilities for crewed and uncrewed 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. U.S. mission operations include NASA, DoD, and commercial space operations and launch sites. Legacy spacecraft operations including the Space Shuttle (STS) and Russian Soyuz examined along with future commercial space transportation programs.

SPAC 514  Commercial and Governmental Space Infrastructure  3 Credits (3,0)

Provides overview of full scope of commercial and civil satellite industry including history, technology, operations and business. Covers range of markets including commercial, government civil, and national security. Focuses on industry verticals not addressed in detail in other MSO courses.

SPAC 515  Cybersecurity Applications in Space  3 Credits (3,0)

Cybersecurity as it relates to both military and civilian space system applications. Reviews cybersecurity principles; space system design, manufacturing, and operational considerations; technical and environmental constraints for both planetary orbits and deep space trajectories; cyber threats and attack vectors; risk mitigation and resilience; cybersecurity standards and regulations.

SPAC 520  Space Technology and Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Modern space technology and systems that combine science and engineering will be examined. Focus on the scientific and engineering fundamentals of launch vehicle and spacecraft systems and subsystems and their interactions.

SPAC 525  Space Law and Policy  3 Credits (3,0)

The complex interplay between geopolitics, international law, and national space innovation systems which underlies all space activities will be examined. Divided into 3 segments: 1) the geopolitical history of space, 2) principles of space law, and 3) national space innovation systems.