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SPACE 100 – Space Operational Environment & Space Systems

Space-based operations allow global adversaries to develop and field more lethal and agile military forces by simply leveraging available commercial space resources. This course considers basic orbital mechanics, space and associated terrestrial architecture, and develops a deeper understanding of the military and commercial space environment. Graduates will be able to describe space system requirements; best employment options for available space assets; and weave in ongoing and future commercial and/or military operations and their impact on national objectives. [64 Academic Hours]

SPACE 110 – Introduction to Space Operations Seminar

Space is no longer the domain of the most technologically advanced countries; people worldwide rely on services provided by, or dependent upon, space assets. National security interests and objectives require commanders to integrate space capabilities, defense, and expertise across all military operations. This course is designed to expose military commanders, and the forces they direct, to the considerations of planning and conducting space operations. The course is implemented as an introduction to concepts and lexicon of space operations, which provides students with the requisite familiarization to support more advanced space training requirements. The basic concepts developed in this course are further explored in our advanced space training curriculum. [16 Academic Hours]

SPACE 150 – Space Systems Design

Continuous improvements in technology and globalization of services led to the development and proliferation of advanced space systems across commercial, civil, and military sectors. Space capabilities underpin infrastructure and services for commerce, agriculture, humanitarian- and disaster-relief efforts, financial transactions, social networks, and national defense. This course builds upon the principles of orbital mechanics and spacecraft design from Space 100. Graduates of this course will clearly articulate how satellites, payloads, and constellations are designed to provide specific capabilities. Students thoroughly explore scientific concepts behind various space- based asset design, including the use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum in remote sensing, frequency allocation and budgets for satellite communications, and the intricacies of precision navigation and timing. Students will design a payload, spacecraft and its associated systems and sub-systems, and constellation for a specific purpose as well as describe the launch and orbital transfer parameters required to ultimately achieve their design. [64 Academic Hours]

SPACE 200 – Space Operations Planning

Space 200 teaches students to integrate space operations into intelligence and multi-domain operations. Graduates will understand the current international legal regime and multi-national space organizations and the constraints both place on space operations. The course describes the fundamentals of space warfare as described in the US Joint Publication 3-14 and students shall be able to determine space operational requirements to protect coalition space assets and their ability to project combat power. Graduates will develop and analyze courses of action and operational requirements for the best employment of available space assets for ongoing and future military operations and communicate their knowledge to military staff and combat commanders. [64 Academic Hours]

SPACE 300 – Adversary Space Capabilities I

Adversaries rely on a variety of integrated terrestrial, cyber, and space-based capabilities and equipment to deliver information, communications, and global awareness. This course examines the physical infrastructure involved in an adversary’s space program including space lift, ranges, missile warning & defense, space-based platforms & communication, precision navigation and timing, and supporting infrastructure. [40 Academic Hours]

SPACE 350 – Adversary Space Capabilities II

Space-based Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance platforms provide a variety of functions including missile warning and defense, environmental monitoring, cyber operations, and others. This course expands on Space 300 and provides a greater and deeper understanding of space-based ISR and its impacts on both friendly and adversary operations. [40 Academic Hours]

SPACE 910 – Space Strategy

This executive-level course, taught by former Cyber, Space, and ISR flag officers, takes senior leaders, operators, decision makers, and staff through the latest thought-leadership views on Space. This course focuses on a strategic outlook of space with an eye towards effective integration into larger national and defense strategies. This course weaves in relevant technology, strategy, and policy designed to advance national interests in this growing and evermore important domain of operations. [16 Academic Hours]