Space Systems Operations (International) - Curriculum 364

Program Officer

William Crane, CDR

Code 78, Bullard Hall, Room 203

(831) 656-7517, DSN 756-7517

wmcrane1@nps.edu

Academic Associate

Steve Tackett, Lecturer

Code SP/Ta, Bullard Hall, Room 204

(831) 656-2944, DSN 756-2944

shtacket@nps.edu

Brief Overview

The Space Systems Operations (International) curriculum is designed to provide international officers with knowledge of military opportunities and applications in space. It is also available to US citizens who may not have a security clearance. Students are provided instruction about the operation, tasking, and employment of space surveillance, communications, navigation, and atmospheric/oceanographic/environmental sensing systems as well as payload design and integration — specifically for the exploitation of Space and Information products. For a complete description, see the Space Systems Operations (366) section of the catalog.

Requirements for Entry

This curriculum is open to International Officers. Admission requires a baccalaureate degree with above-average grades, completion of mathematics through differential equations and integral calculus, plus at least one course in calculus-based physics. An APC of 334 is required for direct entry. Students lacking this background may matriculate through the one-quarter Engineering Science program (Curriculum 460).

Entry Date

The Space Systems Operations curriculum is a six-quarter course of study with a single entry date in the Fall Quarter. A summer academic refresher quarter is available as needed. If further information is needed, contact the Academic Associate or Program Officer.

Program Length

Six Quarters

Degree

Space Systems Operations (International) students are awarded the Master of Science in Space Systems Operations degree as specified previously in the Space Systems Academic Group section of the Catalog.

Typical Course of Study - Space Systems Operations (International)

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
IT1600Communication Skills for International Officers

3

0

PH2514Introduction to the Space Environment

4

0

EC1010Introduction to MATLAB

1

1

SS3011Space Technology and Applications

3

0

SS4000Space Systems Seminars

0

1

Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
IT1500Informational Program Seminar for International Officers

4

0

SS3400Orbital Mechanics, Launch and Space Operations

4

2

SS3610Space Communications Systems: Fundamentals and Analysis

4

2

NS4677Space and International Security

4

0

SS4000Space Systems Seminars

0

1

Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SS3041Space Systems and Operations I

4

2

SS3600Space Systems Modeling and Simulation

2

3

PH3052Physics of Space and Airborne Sensor Systems

4

0

AE4830Spacecraft Systems I

3

2

SS4000Space Systems Seminars

0

1

Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
IS3502Network Operations I

4

2

IT1700Academic Writing for International Officers

3

0

AE4831Spacecraft Systems II

3

2

SS0810Space Systems Thesis Research

0

8

SS4000Space Systems Seminars

0

1

Quarter 5

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3100Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

3

2

SS0810Space Systems Thesis Research

0

8

GB3031Acquisition Management for International Students

3

0

ELECTElective

0

3

SS4000Space Systems Seminars

0

1

Quarter 6

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SS0810Space Systems Thesis Research

0

8

SS0810Space Systems Thesis Research

0

8

ELECTElective

ELECTElective (4000 level)

SS4000Space Systems Seminars

0

1