Space Systems Fundamentals Certificate (SSF) - Curriculum 273

Program Officer

CDR Richard Arledge

Code 78, Bullard Hall, Room 203

(831) 656-7517, DSN 756-7517

rkarledg@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 Certificate program is comprised of four courses (SS3011, PH3052, SS3613, and PH2514.  See below for classified options). 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 as well as the 6206L subspecialty code. The Space Systems Certificate program supports Navy and DoD space educational needs and complements existing resident training by providing cross-disciplinary science and technical education. The Space Systems Certificate program is targeted primarily at enhancing the education and preparation for USN Space Cadre personnel. The Navy's Space Cadre represents a distinct body of expertise horizontally integrated within the Navy active duty, reserves, both officer and enlisted, and civilian employee communities organized to operationalize space. 

Entry to the Space Cadre is met, in part, by completion of a Space PQS. The courses included in the certificate are designed to give a prospective Space Cadre member the knowledge required to meet the requirements of many portions of the PQS.

Completion of the Certificate will count toward satisfaction of the Information Professional Advanced Qualification Certification matrix (COMNAVCYBERFORINST 1520.1).

Based on this, the NPS Space Systems Certificate (SSC) was developed, comprised of the following four courses:

  • SS3011 Space Technology and Applications
  • PH3052 Physics of Space and Airborne Sensor Systems
  • SS3613 Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM)(FOUO) - students unable to take SS3613 due to clearance issues may take SS3610 as an approved substitute
  • PH2514 Introduction to the Space Environment or SS3051 Military Application of DOD and Commercial Space Systems (Secret classified option) or SS3001 Military Applications of National Space Systems (TS/SCI classified option).

The original course and academic content for the SSC was vetted and approved by USN space and space training leaders. The Space Systems Certificate is a completely Web-based, asynchronous education program that covers fundamental areas of twenty-first century space enhancement to military operations as validated by NETWARCOM (November 2004). The learning outcomes for the SSC Certificate program directly support the Educational Skill Requirements within the Space Systems Operation (subspecialty code 6206P) degree. Evaluation of the Space Systems Certificate occurs in conjunction with the biannual Space Systems curriculum review.

Requirements for Entry

Baccalaureate degree with completion of college level algebra, geometry, trigonometry, logarithms, and physics (including electricity and magnetism. (Physics 2).

Entry Dates

At the beginning of the following quarters for each academic year (Oct, Apr).

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 273

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SS3011Space Technology and Applications

3

0

 

SS3613Military Satellite Communications

3

0

-or-

SS3610Space Communications Systems: Fundamentals and Analysis

4

2

 

PH3052Physics of Space and Airborne Sensor Systems

4

0

-or-

MR3522Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Ocean/Laboratory

4

2

 

PH2514Introduction to the Space Environment

4

0

-or-

SS3051Military Applications of DoD and Commercial Space Systems

3

2

-or-

SS3001Military Applications of National Space Systems

4

1

SS3610 is an approved substitute for students who are unable to get clearance for SS3613.

Students may choose between PH2514 and MR3522.

Students may choose between PH2514 and SS3051 and SS3001 for the fourth course.