For a list of campus courses click here.
The following courses are tentatively scheduled to be offered as part of the online program. Note that courses 593, 996, 997, 998 are available every semester and require department approval prior to registration---contact Bev Fetter.
Note: Space Studies online courses are sometimes difficult to differentiate in the Campus Connection registration system. Class numbers are provided below, which are specific to the online section of each course.
- In Campus Connection, locate the course you want.
- By clicking on either section that is highlighted in blue, the class details will provide the information indicating an online course.
- The location code lists “Space Studies Distance Program” and meeting information as “UND Online.”
On campus courses would list the location code as “University of North Dakota” and provide the meeting information such as “Ryan Hall Room 111 Days and Times: TuTh 9:30 am-10:45 am.”
(Campus Connection Class #)
SpSt 508 Quality Engineering for the Space Industry(4481)
Sub-discipline: Space Engineering or Management. May be used as Technical or Social course.
This course addresses the principles and techniques for establishing quality goals, identification of customer needs and requirements, measurement of quality, and product/process engineering to improve system performance with a focus on the space industry. The main objectives are to provide the student with an understanding of the principles and practice of quality and reliability engineering in general and to provide an in-depth understanding of the quality assurance concepts, strategies, and tools practiced in the space industry. Familiarity with the techniques learned in this course will enable the student to address problems in the design, implementation, measurement, and correction of production and service systems found in the space industry.
Previously offered as SpSt 570. Do not repeat.
- Fundamental Quality Concepts
- Intellectual Foundation of Quality Engineering
- Process Fundamentals
- Fundamental Statistical Concepts
- Process Definition/Redefinition & Statistical Process Control Chart Interpretation
- Variables Control Charts
- Variables Control Charts – Grouped Measurements
- Variables Control Charts – Individual Measurements
- Attribute Control Charts for Classification Measurement
- Operating Characteristics & Average Run Length
- Attribute Control Charts for Counts
- Anamalous Patterns
- Inspection Policy
- Process Capability
- Process Improvement
- Design of Experiments
- Quality Function Deployment
- Process-based Transformation
- Process-Compatible Initiatives
- Six Sigma, Robust Design, & Theory of Constraints
- Lean &Cycle Time/Waste Reduction
- Continuous Improvement, Learning Organizations, & Fifth Discipline
- Total Quality Management, Quality Awards
- Process-Compatible Tools
Required textbook: (Confirmed for summer 2017)
Introduction to Statistical Quality Control by Douglas C. Montgomery, 7th Edition. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-1-118-14681-1 (hardcover).Casler, James email@example.com
Chat Schedule: Tuesdays at 7 pm Central DST
SpSt 520 Asteroids, Meteorites & Comets(4482)
Technical course; Sub-discipline: Planetary Science
The small bodies of the solar system provide clues to the origin and early history of the solar system. The planets and larger moons have all been chemically transformed erasing their records of their formation. By contrast, many asteroids, meteorites and comets are essentially unmodified from the time of their origin 4.5 billion years ago and thus preserve a record of the formation epoch. Each of these classes of objects is investigated separately, and relationships between them are examined. Implications for impact hazards and for extraterrestrial resources are also explored. The results of recent and current spacecraft missions to asteroids (e.g., Galileo, NEAR, DAWN, Hayabusa, Rosetta, OSIRIS-Rex, etc.) and to comets (e.g. Giotto, Vega 1, Stardust, Deep Impact, Rosetta, etc.) are reviewed.
- Introduction to Course / Overview of Topics
- Basics of Mineralogy and Geochemistry
- Introduction to Meteorites
- Introduction to Asteroids
- Basics Principles of Orbits
- Overview and History of Meteoritics
- Iron and Stony-iron Meteorites
- Asteroid Sizes, Rotations and Families
- Asteroid Surface Compositions
- Chondritic Parent Bodies
- Achondrite Parent Bodies
- Iron and Stony-Iron Parent Bodies
- Diversity of Asteroids and Meteorite Parent Bodies
- Delivering Meteorites from Asteroids
- Gaspra, Ida, Mathilde, and Eros
- Importance of Asteroids and Meteorites
- Compositions of Comets
- Origin and Evolution of Comets
- Interplanetary Dust
- Meteor Showers
- Lunar and Martian Meteorites, Tektites & Impacts
- Comets, Asteroids and the Origin of the Solar System
- Comets, Asteroids and the Origin of Life
- Summary and Overview
Required Textbooks: (Confirmed for summer 2017)
Meteorites and Their Parent Bodies (2nd ed.) by H. Y. McSween, Jr. Publisher: Cambridge. ISBN: 0-521-58751-4 (paperback).
The New Solar System (4th ed.) by Beatty, Petersen and Chaikin Publisher: Cambridge. ISBN: 0-521-64183-7 (hardcover). NOTE: The pages of this book can be downloaded---somewhat awkwardly--following instructions provided on the class website. Currently, this book is out of print but relatively inexpensive copies can be obtained from a variety of internet book dealers.Gaffey, Mike firstname.lastname@example.org
Chat Schedule: Wednesdays at 7 pm Central DST
SpSt 425 Observational Astronomy(17706)
Technical Course; Sub-discipline: Applications
This course provides an introduction to observational astronomy and includes three segments: basic observing techniques and astronomical equipment (telescopes, CCDs); visual observing and the characteristics of the night sky; astrometric and photometric observing, data reduction, and interpretations; and image processing and color imaging techniques. Students will learn to operate a remotely controllable Internet telescope and CCD camera. A broadband Internet connection is recommended. Night observing is required.
Prerequisites: Physics 110; competent algebra and trigonometry skills; knowledge of fundamental calculus is helpful, but not required. SPST 420 and/or SPST 520 are recommended.
Additional course fee of $100 assessed to cover required software.
This course may also require additional software to be purchased after the class starts. Ordering instructions will be posted on the class syllabus.
Graduate students registering for this course may require a special permission number obtained from Bev Fetter to override a missing undergraduate prerequiste
Required Textbooks: (CONFIRMED FOR FALL 2017)
(1) To Measure the Sky: An Introduction to Observational Astronomy, 2nd Edition. Frederick R. Chromey, Vassar College, New York, 2016. ISBN: 9781107572560 (paperback).
(2) Handbook of CCD Astronomy, 2nd Edition. Steve B. Howell, WIYN/NOAO, 2006. ISBN: 9780521617628 (paperback).
Fieber-Beyer, Sherry email@example.com
SpSt 501 Survey of Space Studies I(6897)
SpSt 501 is the first course in a two-course sequence (along with SpSt 502) that introduces new students to essential knowledge that will be necessary to successfully complete their M.S. degree in Space Studies. SpSt 501 consists of the following six modules: 1) space history, 2) space policy, 3) space law, 4) planetary and space sciences, 5) space life sciences and human factors, and 6) Earth remote sensing. All modules contain foundational information that will give students the basic knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a broad understanding of the multi- and inter-disciplinary nature of space studies that can be applied in later courses, such as Capstone; and knowledge that facilitates thesis and other specialized types of instruction and research. Course content in SpSt 501 will also be used to assess student learning at the end of their M.S. program via the Comprehensive Examination. Students are expected to master and understand course content, be able to apply course content as appropriate, and demonstrate their understanding of course content prior to graduation.
Required textbook: None (CONFIRMED FOR FALL 2017)de Leon, Pablo firstname.lastname@example.org
SpSt 506 Advanced Orbital Mechanics(19337)
Technical Course; Sub-discipline: Space Engineering
This course provides a working knowledge of the field of orbital mechanics including the use of appropriate mathematical and computational techniques, the analysis of professional papers in orbital mechanics, and applying the appropriate techniques to solve orbital mechanics problems. Topics covered include orbital elements, perturbations, coordinate systems, orbit determination, and multi-body gravitational problems.
Prerequisites: SpSt 500 and Math 266 Elementary Differential Equations or the equivalent.
Required Textbook: (confirmed for summer and fall 2017; look for newest printing)
Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students by Howard Curtis, 3rd Edition 2013. Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN-13: 978-0080977478 (hardcover).Fevig, Ron email@example.com
SpSt 515 Human Factors in Space(17494)
Technical course; Sub-disciplines: Human Factors or Applications
A review of the major stresses experienced by humans on entering the new and alien environment of space. Examples will be taken from the psychological and physiological impacts experienced by U.S. and Soviet crews with emphasis on longer flights. How to avoid and/or overcome these stresses will be examined as an essential and growing need in the future development and settlement of the space frontier.
Required Textbooks: (CONFIRMED FOR FALL 2017)
Fundamentals of Space Life Sciences by Susanne Churchill. 1997 edition. Publisher: Krieger Publishing. ISBN-10: 0-89464-051-8.
Living Aloft: Human Requirements for Extended Space Flight by Connors, Harrison and Akins. Publisher: NASA. Free download from NASA's History office available at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-483/cover.htm.
Man-System Integration Standards. Publisher: NASA. Free download available at http://msis.jsc.nasa.gov/
Bold Endeavors: Lessons from Polar and Space Exploration by Jack Stuster. 1996 edition. Publisher: Naval Institute Press. ISBN-13: 978-1557507495 (hardcover).Nelson, Travis
SpSt 527 Extraterrestrial Resources(6960)
Technical Course; Sub-discipline: Planetary Science
This course focuses on the inventory, accessibility, acquisition, processing and utilization of extraterrestrial resources (space resources) from celestial bodies such as the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and comets. Consideration will be given to extraterrestrial resources for in situ utilization (such as a Lunar or Martian base), for space operations (such as supporting large scale near-Earth activities or a human Mars mission), and for terrestrial markets. The course will focus on the interplay between the scientific, technical, and economic aspects of acquiring and utilizing such resources. The course will also explore some of the legal and political ramifications and limitations of claiming and recovering space resources.
- Introduction and Course Structure
- Why consider extraterrestrial resources?
- The Way the Future Was - History of Space Resources
- Getting there and back - Orbital Mechanics
- Inventory of Space Resources: Lunar Geology
- Inventory of Space Resources: Meteorites
- Inventory of Space Resources: Asteroids & NEOs
- Inventory of Space Resources: Mars Geology
- Inventory of Space Resources: Martian Moons
- Shuttle tanks / “Dead” satellites / Space debris
- Resource utilization: History as a guide to future
- Demand / Markets for Space Resources
- Propulsion options - Chemical / Ion / Nuclear
- Propulsion options - Solar Sail / “Mass driver” / Exotic
- Mining and Extracting Raw Materials – General
- Mining and Extracting Space Resources by Object
- Processing Space Resources – General
- Case Study: Propellant production – Lunar
- Case Study: Propellant production – Mars
- Mars Propellant Production: Implications for Martian activities
- Asteroid Space Mining - Options, Prospects and Products
- Future Space Activities: Demand? / Pricing? / Where?
- Infrastructure - Minimum & Optimum
- Infrastructure - Minimum & optimum
- Resources and Hazard Abatement
- ET Resource Implementation: Social and Cultural Aspects
- Summary and Review
Required Textbook: None. Students will be directed to online readings in the course syllabus.Gaffey, Mike firstname.lastname@example.org
SpSt 561 Public Administration of Space Technology(6962)
Social course; Sub-discipline: Management
This course is an advanced graduate-level review of Public Administration theories as applied to the implementation of space technology programs. In this course, the political, organizational, and technical variables that affect the management processes of space organizations are examined.
Prerequisite: SpSt 560 or SpSt 541.
This course was previously offered as SpSt 525 Public Administration and Technology Assessment of Space Technology. Do not repeat.
- Historical perspective
- Intellectual heritage
- Political heritage
- Stateless origins
- “Chinking in”
- Rise of professional technocracy
- 20th Century development
- Contemporary public administration
- Rational model
- New Public Administration model
- New Public Management model
- Principles & practices of US Federal space-related organizations
- Review of Federal government organization
- Regulatory environment
- Operations environment
- Planning, Programming, & Budgeting process
- Specific principals & actors
- Organizational culture
- Formative NASA culture
- Apollo & Post-Apollo
- FBC & Post-Columbia
- Organizational decision-making
- Challenger launch decision
- Faster, Better, Cheaper philosophy
- Management of space technology
- Program management
- Systems management
- Case study: Apollo
- Case study: Space Shuttle
- Case study: Constellation
Required textbooks (TEXTBOOK INFO CONFIRMED FOR FALL 2017)
Denhardt, R. B. (2014). Theories of public organization, 7th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson-Wadsworth. ISBN-13: 978-1285436333
Stillman, R. J. II (1999). Preface to public administration: A search for themes and direction, 2nd ed. Burke, VA: Chatelaine Press. ISBN-13: 978-1574200652
SpSt 570 Adv. Topics in Space Studies: Outer Space Treaty Regime(6964)
Social Course: Subdiscipline: Law
The Outer Space Treaty is often described as the Magna Carta of space, and it serves as the legal foundation for space-based activities. Written in a time of great scientific and technological innovation, and under the pressures of the Cold War, the Treaty reflects both the hopes and angst of mid-20th century international relations. This course serves as an introduction and analysis of international space law, and focuses on the origins and meaning of the Outer Space Treaty (OST) and its progeny. The course will expound upon the meaning of the OST’s provisions, analyze how it has come to influence past, present, and future uses of the space environment, weigh its strengths and weaknesses, and investigate how it came to be written. Additionally, other international treaties will be studied, including background material that describes the negotiation and deliberation processes. This course focuses on the international aspects of the treaty regime, but will touch on the impact these rules have on domestic legal systems across the world.
- Description of International Law
- General Principles of International Law
- Concepts of National Sovereignty & Jurisdiction
- Vienna Convention on Conventions
- Outer Space Treaty of 1967
- Return and Rescue Agreement of 1968
- Liability Convention of 1972
- Moon Agreement of 1979
- Environmental Management & Nuclear Power Use
- Role of the United Nations in Space Law
- Concept of Peaceful Purposes
- Space Traffic Management
- Issues Surrounding Colonization & Utilization of Celestial Bodies
- International Space Station
- Relevant Issues in Developing Nations, Launch Activities, Satellite Use, etc.
Required Textbooks: (confirmed for fall 2017)
The Law of Outer Space by Manfred Lachs, edited by Tanja L. Masson-Zwaan and Stephan Hobe. Publisher: Brill ISBN: 9789004186675, E-ISBN: 9789004215788, (2010). Ships from United Kingdom. Allow ample time for delivery. May be purchased direct from the publisher or bookseller of your choice.
Public International Law in a Nutshell, 5th Edition, by Thomas Buergenthal & Sean D. Murphy. Publisher: West Academic Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0314279965, ISBN-10: 0314279962, (2013).
Dodge, Michael email@example.com
SpSt 595 Space Studies Capstone(6901)
The capstone course integrates, extends and applies knowledge learned in earlier Space Studies courses and reading. The major component of this course is a collaborative project inter-relating policy, technology and science. This course is required for distance students who select the non-thesis option and can be taken after completing at least 21 credits in the program, or with the permission of the instructor. The course begins in the fall semester and concludes with a required week-long capstone experience on the UND campus in the spring.
Even though this course extends through the spring semester, it does NOT count as a course enrollment for the spring semester. Students may be enrolled in a different course; submit a leave of absence, or register for SpSt 996 Continuing Enrollment to maintain enrollment for the semester.
Additional course fee of $110 assessed to cover Capstone Week expenses.
Prerequisites: SpSt 501 and 502
Required Textbook: NoneCasler, James firstname.lastname@example.org
SpSt 405 Space Mission Design
Technical course; Sub-discipline: Space Engineering
A team design project to develop the requirements for a space mission. The specific mission will vary from time to time. Design teams will work on selected portions of the mission. Accompanying lectures will provide background material.
An educational background that includes trigonometry and vector algebra is strongly recommended.
Undergraduate prerequisite: SpSt 200
Graduate students registering for this course will require a special permission number obtained from Bev Fetter to override a missing undergraduate prerequiste.
Understanding Space: An Introduction to Aeronautics by Jerry Sellers, 3rd Edition. Publisher: Learning Solutions. ISBN-13: 978-0077230302 (hardcover).
Space Mission Analysis and Design by James R. Wertz & Wiley J. Larson, 3rd Edition. ISBN: 1-881883-10-8 (paperback).
(confirmed for spring 2016)Fevig, Ron email@example.com
SpSt 460 Life in the Universe
Technical course; Sub-discipline: Planetary Science
This course examines the evolution of the universe from its origin to the present: cosmological evolution, chemical evolution, planetary evolution, biological evolution, and cultural evolution. The possibility of life in the universe elsewhere than Earth is considered. Human changes to the Earth are placed within this context.
SpSt 501 and/or SpSt 420 are recommended as prerequisites if student has no astronomy or planetary geology background.
Undergraduate prerequisite: SpSt 200
Graduate students registering for this course mayrequire a special permission number obtained from Bev Fetter to override a missing undergraduate prerequiste.
- Introduction to Course / Overview of Topics
- Why do we care? / How do we search?
- Measuring the Universe
- Forming Stars and Molecules
- How Star Operate
- How Stars Die / Releasing “star-stuff”
- Galaxies and Other Large Scale Structures
- The Nature of Life (as we know it)
- Early History of the Solar System
- Timescale of Life on Earth
- The Origin of Life on Earth
- History of Life on Earth
- Implications for Life Elsewhere
- The Limits of Life / Life in Extreme Environments
- Habitats for Life beyond Earth: Venus?
- Habitats for Life beyond Earth: Geology of Mars
- Habitats for Life beyond Earth: Mars & Europa?
- How Unique is Earth?
- Searching for Other Planetary Systems
- Life beyond the Solar System
- Extraterrestrial Civilizations: How many? How close?
- How Diverse can Civilizations be?
- Interstellar Spaceflight - Warp7, Mr. Sulu
- Interstellar radio, SETI and Other Searches - Lucy!!!
- UFOs and Space Visitors - “U” stands for unidentified
- Are we alone? / Implications for the Human Future
- Review and Overview
Required Textbook: Updated 11-21-11
Life in the Universe by Jeffrey Bennett and Seth Shostak, 3rd Edition. ISBN-10: 0-321-68767-1, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-68767-8 (paperback).Gaffey, Mike firstname.lastname@example.org
SpSt 502 Survey of Space Studies II
SpSt 502 is the second course in a two-course sequence (along with SpSt 501) that introduces new students to essential knowledge that will be necessary to successfully complete their M.S. degree in Space Studies. SpSt 502 consists of the following five modules: 1) space mission design (two modules), 2) orbital mechanics, 3) launch vehicles and propulsion, and 4) robotic spacecraft instrumentation. All modules contain foundational information that will give students the basic knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a broad understanding of the multi- and inter-disciplinary nature of space studies; knowledge that can be applied in later courses, such as Capstone; and knowledge that facilitates thesis and other specialized types of instruction and research. Course content in SpSt 502 will also be used to assess student learning at the end of their M.S. program via the Comprehensive Examination. Students are expected to master and understand course content, be able to apply course content as appropriate, and demonstrate their understanding of course content prior to graduation.
Required textbook: None (Confirmed for Spring 2017)de Leon, Pablo email@example.com
SpSt 512 Human Performance in Extreme Environments
Technical Course; Sub-discipline: Human Factors
This course introduces the area of human performance in extreme environment, highlights differences and similarities between extreme environments, and demonstrates that lessons learned from one extreme environment can be effectively applied to others - though settings like space, mountains, or the ocean's depths, etc. - pose unique characteristics, the human physiological and psychological reactions and adaptations to these extreme settings stay similar.
Space environments vs. Earth extreme environments
• Physics & chemistry of space environments
- Space hazards and threats
- Human subject performance environments in space
• Specifics of Operational Environments (OE): general
• Social-psychological environment: small groups under
high stress conditions
• Space as multiple integrative stresses environment
Living & working in space: space and extreme
environment stresses overview
• Human’s physiology as a response to Earth’s Biosphere
• Life Support (LS) approaches and technology readiness level
- Primary Life Support (PLS): air, water, food supplies
- Environmental control & hardware operation
-- Hypobaric & Hyperbaric environments
-- Alternating air compositions
-- Temperature & Humidity endurance
-- Environment toxicity & microbial
-- Radiation exposure limits
-- ‘Technology dependence stress’ (Psycho-
- Physiological stresses (Space Adaptation
Syndrome), tolerance & countermeasures
-- Respiratory function and oxygen demands
-- Heart & blood vessels in ‘normal’ environments and
Required Textbook: (TEXTBOOK INFO NOT CONFIRMED FOR FALL 2017)
1. Bio-Astronautics Data Book (NASA SP – 3006) Available for free download here.
Recommended Textbooks for human factors specialization:
1. Performing in Extreme Environments by Lawrence Armstrong. 2000 Edition. Publisher: Human Kinetics. ISBN-13: 978-0880118378 (paperback).
2. Fundamentals of Space Life Sciences, Churchill S. et al. Volumes 1 & 2. Krieger Publishing Company. 1997. ISBN-13: 978-0894640513 (hardcover).
3. Living Aloft: Human Requirements For Extended Space Flight by Connors, Harrison, and Akins. 1985 Edition. Publisher: NASA. ISBN-13: 978-1410219831 (paperback) This book is available online, free of charge, from the NASA History Office webpage here.
Recommended Textbook for psychological factors specialization:
1. Bold Endeavors: Lessons from Polar and Space Exploration by Jack Stuster. 1996 Edition. Publisher: Naval Institute Press. ISBN-13: 978-1557507495 (hardcover)SpSt Faculty
SpSt 526 Advanced Astronomical and Spacecraft Instrumentation(11699)
Technical Course; Sub-discipline: Applications or Space Engineering
This course will concentrate on instrument design, operation, and the resulting data products generated by ground- and space-based astronomical observatories, as well as common instrumentation used in NASA scientific solar system spacecraft. Key goals for this course include gaining a solid understanding of instrumental principles of operation, the types of raw data that are generated, and the types of data reduction processes that lead to interpretable data. The course will include an investigation of different types of spectrographs and spectroscopy data products, solar instrumentation (ground- and space-based), terrestrial and Jovian spacecraft orbiter/flyby instrumentation, terrestrial planet rover and lander instrumentation, and extra-solar system astrophysical instrumentation. Students will have the opportunity to examine, reduce, and interpret select data sets.
Prerequisites: SpSt 425 and MATH 165 or consent of instructor
Required Textbook: updated 6/5/14
Electronic Imaging in Astronomy: Detectors and Instrumentation, 2nd edition (2008) by Ian S. McLean. Publisher: Springer. ISBN 978-3642095320 (paperback).Fieber-Beyer, Sherry firstname.lastname@example.org
SpSt 542 Risk Management of Space Organizations
Social course; Sub-discipline: Management
This course includes a systematic approach to the principles and practices of risk management in the space industry from project initiation through planning, implementation, control and closeout. It discusses various techniques and models for qualitative and quantitative risk assessment and risk mitigation in such areas as cost, schedule, and performance. Decision making under conditions of uncertainty and risk is also discussed.
Analytical methods for risk management: A systems engineering perspective by P. R. Garvey. Publisher: Chapman & Hall, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1-58488-637-2 (hardcover).
Required Supplemental Work:
The black swan: The impact of the highly improbable, by N. N. Taleb 2010 2nd edition, New York: Random House. ISBN 13: 978-0812973815 (paperback)
(confirmed for Spring 2016)Casler, James email@example.com
SpSt 551 History of the Space Age
Social Course; Sub-discipline: History
This course introduces students to the history of human endeavors in space. These include the development of rocketry, the influence of amateur societies and science fiction, the military development of ballistic missiles, and human and robotic spaceflight.
Typical Course Outline
- Science Fiction
- Space Cadets
- Nukes & ICBMs
- Sputnik and Explorer
- Early Military Spaceflight
- Space Policy 1955-1961
- NASA, Mercury and Gemini
- Space Applications
- Golden Age of Planetary Exploration
- Beginnings of Space Astrophysics
- Solar System Exploration
- The Exploration of Mars
- Great Observatories
- Commercial Space
- Militarization of Space
- International Space
This New Ocean: The Story of the First Space Age by William E. Burrows, 1985 Modern Library ISBN: 978-0375754852
Space and the American Imagination by Howard E. McCurdy. 2011. Publisher: John Hopkins University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0801898686 (paperback).
The Heavens and the Earth : A Political History of the Space Age by Walter A. McDougall. 2008. Publisher: ACLS Humanities, ISBN: 978-1597404280 (paperback).Dodge, Michael firstname.lastname@example.org
SpSt 565 Space Law
Social Course: Sub-discipline: Law
This course serves as a graduate-level introduction to the field of Law as applied to Space Law. The course examines the origins and evolution of the laws of outer space from the beginnings of the space age to the present. International laws governing access and use of space, and national laws regulating governmental and commercial activities in space are reviewed and analyzed.
- Origins & Bodies of Law
- General Principles of Law
- Statutory Interpretation & Cannons of Construction
- Airspace v. Outer Space – Legal Theory
- Maritime Law (Origins) & Interpretation
- US Air Law
- International Law
- The Space Law Treaties - Outer Space Treaty of 1967
- Rescue Agreement of 1968
- Liability Convention of 1972
- Registration Convention of 1975
- Moon Treaty of 1979
- Meteorology & Communications
- Remote Sensing & UAS Issues
- Private Space Flight Issues
- Geostationary Issues
- Large Space Structures & Commercial Use
- Commercial Use
- Nuclear Power Use
- Environmental Issues
- UNCOPUOS & Guest Lecture
- Peaceful Purposes
Handbook of International Law by Anthony Aust, 2nd Edition, ISBN-10 0521133491, ISBN-13 978-0521133494. (confirmed for spring 2016)Dodge, Michael email@example.com
SpSt 590 Space Studies Colloquium
A series of invited lectures presented by visiting lecturers and faculty.
May be repeated up to 2 credits.
Graded as pass/fail (S/U).
Required Textbooks: None (Confirmed for Spring 2017)Casler, James firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses and course information are subject to change without notice.