Astronautics is the art or science of designing, building, and operating space vehicles (satellites, probes, and manned spaceships) for space exploration and applications. Astronautics includes space mission design; spacecraft design and space operations; rocket vehicle design; rocket propulsion; orbital mechanics; spacecraft dynamics and control; space navigation; space science; space environment; space instrumentation and sensors; and numerous other areas of space technology.
Fundamentals of Space Missions
This three-day course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and technologies of modern space mission systems. Space missions and satellite systems combine science, engineering, and external phenomena. The course will concentrate on scientific and engineering foundations of space missions, spacecraft systems, and interactions among various subsystems.
Human Factors and Space Medicine
This course introduces the role of medicine in manned space missions – providing a comprehensive overview of major issues in human factors and space medicine as they relate to manned space flight. Participants are not required to have a background in medicine; the course provides engineers and technical professionals an understanding of how human factors and space medicine relate to various engineering fields.
Liquid Rocket Engines for Spacecraft Pressure-Fed Propulsion Systems
This three-day course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and technologies of modern satellite liquid propellant rocket engines. The course will concentrate on scientific and engineering foundations of pressure-fed, monopropellant, bipropellant, dual mode, and secondary combustion augmented thrusters for satellite orbit-raising and station-keeping operations.
Satellite Propulsion Systems
The Satellite Propulsion Systems program provides an understanding of the basic principles and figures of merit of Rocket Propulsion. Upon completion of the 4-day program, participants will be able to apply these principles to spacecraft propulsion system and components Analysis-&-Design, Testing, Ground Operations, Flight Operations, and End-of-life (EOL) De-orbit.
When the Satellite Propulsion Systems program and assessment have been successfully completed, participants will receive USC Continuing Education Units.
Space Commerce: Barriers and Solutions
Space Commerce: Barriers and Solutions will examine several of the more frequently cited barriers to space commerce and will present plausible solutions to each barrier. Participants will be exposed to practical and feasible solutions to several of the major challenges facing the development and expansion of the commercial space industry. This highly interactive course will allow course participants to identify and discuss their own solutions to the barriers facing the space commerce industry.
May 19, 2020 to May 21, 2020
September 22, 2020 to November 20, 2020