Space Control Tactics and Operations Certificate - Curriculum 266 (DL)

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 Control Tactics and Operations Certificate comprise four courses (SS3500, SS3600, SS4856, and AE4860). Upon successful completion of the course work, students will be awarded a certificate of completion consistent with standard practices of the Naval Postgraduate School. The Space Control Tactics and Operations Certificate supports DoD Space educational needs and is targeted primarily at providing DoD Space employees with an education in rendezvous and proximity operations and space control.

This certificate is a completely Web-based, asynchronous education program that provides a technical basis in orbital mechanics and space systems modeling and simulation, as well as the implications of operating space systems in a contested environment.

Requirements for Entry 

Baccalaureate degree with completion of basic algebra, geometry, trigonometry and logarithms, and college level physics, and a TS/SCI clearance.

Entry Dates

Fall quarter (September)

Program Length

Four Quarters

Graduate Certificate Requirements

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

Required Courses Curriculum 266 DL

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SS3500Orbital Mechanics and Launch Systems




SS3400Orbital Mechanics, Launch and Space Operations



SS3600Space Systems Modeling and Simulation



SS4856Rendezvous and Proximity Operations



AE4860Space Control