Space Systems Design (SSD) - Curriculum 253

Program Officer

CDR Richard Arledge

Code 78, Bullard Hall, Room 203

(831) 656-7517, DSN 756-7517

Academic Associate

Steve Tackett, Lecturer

Code SP/Ta, Bullard Hall, Room 204

(831) 656-2944, DSN 756-2944

Brief Overview

The Space Systems Design Certificate comprises three courses (AE4830, AE4831, and SS3051). Upon successful completion of the course work, students will be awarded a certificate of completion in keeping with standard practices of the Naval Postgraduate School. The Space Systems Design Certificate supports DoD Space educational needs and is targeted primarily at providing DoD Space employees with top-level knowledge in spacecraft design.

This certificate is a completely Web-based, asynchronous education program that covers fundamental concepts necessary for the spacecraft design process through the preliminary design review phase.

Requirements for Entry

A baccalaureate degree with above-average grades (i.e. better than 2.0). Completion of college-level Algebra 2 and college-level physics, as well as experience in Excel, is required. Calculus is highly recommended but not required.  Course SS3011 is a prerequisite.  Students must take the course or demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the course content.

Entry Dates 


Program Length

Three Quarters

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Requirements for the certificate in Space Systems Design are met by successful completion of all three courses. Certificate credit is obtained by maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Required Courses: Curriculum 253

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
AE4830Spacecraft Systems I



AE4831Spacecraft Systems II



SS3051Military Applications of DoD and Commercial Space Systems