Space Studies - UG (SPAC)


SPAC 300  Satellite and Spacecraft Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

Orbital satellites and spacecraft are discussed according to their application, design, and environment. The power system, shielding, and communication systems are reviewed along with their missions, space environment and limitations.

SPAC 310  Human Factors in Space  3 Credits (3,0)

Basic principles of aerospace human factors with an emphasis on human factors issues with living and working in space. Research, principles and methods that are essential in optimizing the interaction between people and machine elements of aerospace systems.

SPAC 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.

SPAC 400  Introduction to Space Navigation  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce the student to basic elements of space navigation at the introductory physics level. The consequences of Newton's law of gravitation and central force motion, including Kepler's three laws of planetary motion, are explained. The physical characteristics of the solar system and the Earth/Moon system are reviewed. The basic methods and techniques of navigating in near-Earth orbit and the Moon and planets are described.