Space Operations Courses

SPCE 5005       Engineering Analysis for Space Applications
Course Description:  Specialized mathematical topics related to space systems.  Course will include elements of: Calculus I, Calculus II, linear algebra, dynamics, probability and ordinary differential equations, and will integrate essential math concepts directly into examples drawn from space applications. 
Pre-Requisites:  Calculus I, Linear Algebra
Cross-Listed:  No

 

SPCE 5025       Fundamentals of Astronautics
Course Description Introduces the fundamental principles of astrodynamics applied to satellite motion.  Includes orbital mechanics, coordinate systems, two-body problem, orbit determination, and orbital maneuvers. 
Pre-Requisites:   SPCE 5005
Cross-Listed:  No

 

SPCE 5045       Space Mission Analysis
Course Description:   A survey of various spacecraft bus subsystems and tradeoffs needed to satisfy space mission requirements.  Spacecraft subsystems considered include communications, data handling, control, power, thermal, structures, sensors, and mechanisms.
Pre-Requisites:   SPCE 5005, SPCE 5025
Cross-Listed:  No

 

SPCE 5065       Spacecraft Environment Interactions
Course Description:  Introduction to the properties and effects of the environment in which spacecraft and astronauts must operate.  Intensive coverage is given to the earth-sun-lunar system.  Topics include: earth's environment, ionosphere, atmospheric chemistry, radiation belts, magnetosphere, aurora, geomagnetic storms, celestial background, and bio-astronautic effects. 
Pre-Requisites:   SPCE 5005, SPCE 5025
Cross-Listed:  No

 

SPCE 5085       Space Communications
Course Description:  Fundamentals of digital data transmission; noise characterizations and calculations; communications link calculations; error probabilities for basic digital modulation schemes, system degradations, carrier and clock recovery, multiple access techniques, packet satellite networks, orbital parameters, comparison of satellite communications systems with fiber optic links, and other communications technologies.
Pre-Requisites:   SPCE 5005, SPCE 5025
Cross-Listed:  No

 

SPCE 5105       Remote Sensing in Space
Course Description:  Introduction to the fundamental technologies associated with various remote sensing techniques — optical, infrared, microwave, and nuclear sensors and imaging systems.  Background effects and effects of propagation through the atmosphere are included as well as tradeoffs of systems and platform capabilities.
Pre-Requisites:   SPCE 5005, SPCE 5025
Cross-Listed:  No

 

SPCE 5125       Spacecraft Dynamics
Course Description:  Topics in spacecraft attitude dynamics and determination and spacecraft attitude control.  Includes three-dimensional rigid body rotational spacecraft kinematics, Euler angles, Euler's equations of motion, torque-free and constant torque behavior.  Addresses gravity gradient and spin stabilization; gyrostats, momentum exchange devices, reaction thrusters and magnetic torquers.
Pre-Requisites:   SPCE 5005, SPCE 5025
Cross-Listed:  No

 

SPCE 5595       Space Mission Design
Course Description:  Capstone project course to be taken at or near the end of the degree program.    Students will bring together knowledge of space operations to configure and design a spacecraft bus to fulfill defined mission requirements.
Pre-Requisites:   SPCE 5005, SPCE 5025, SPCE 5045
Cross-Listed:  No

 

SPCE 5605       Engineering Simulation
Course Description:  Designed for the builder of mathematical models, analytical model users, and engineers who use computer simulations in the exercise of their disciplines.  The course covers the fundamentals of mathematical modeling in the context of dynamic, optimizing and stochastic models, and includes an examination of discrete-event computer simulations.
Pre-Requisites:   SPCE 5005
Cross-Listed:  ENGR 5350

 

SPCE 5625       Global Positioning System (GPS)
Course Description:  A graduate level treatment of Global Positioning System satellite-based navigation with applications on earth and near-space.  Effects of atmospheric propagation will be included.  Surveys of usage for both military and civilian applications.
Pre-Requisites:   SPCE 5005
Cross-Listed:  No

 

SPCE 5645       Space Policy
Course Description:  An overview of space policies and strategies, both domestic and international.  The course provides students with a perspective of how these policies and strategies have evolved over time.  Emphasis will be on understanding current national security strategy, military space-related doctrines, domestic laws and policies, and international laws, treaties, and agreements.
Pre-Requisites:   None
Cross-Listed:  SPMG 6590

 

SPCE 5665       Systems Engineering Processes
Course Description:  Focus on the systems engineering life cycle process and the derivation of engineering/technical requirements from customer/operational requirements.  Analytical tools which support fielding of effective systems consistent with developed requirements will be covered.  Major emphasis will be placed on systems reliability and life-cycle costing.
Pre-Requisites:   None
Cross-Listed:  ENGR 5110

 

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