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Course Code: SPST445 Course ID: 3164 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate
This course evaluates Space Transportation Systems (STS) including manned space flight operations, supporting systems and the Space Shuttle mission, both present and future. Included are manned space flight operations, supporting systems and the Space Shuttle mission, both present and future. A review of Space Shuttle flight profiles, guidance and navigation control, proximity operations and rendezvous and a brief review of hypersonic orbiter aerodynamics are included. Also covered are future STS applications to space station logistical operations, commercial applications and Department of Defense operations. (Prerequisites: SPST200 or SPST300)
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|03/30/20 - 09/04/20||09/07/20 - 11/01/20||Summer 2020 Session D||8 Week session|
|06/29/20 - 12/04/20||12/07/20 - 01/31/21||Fall 2020 Session D||8 Week session|
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to
Discussion Board/Class Participation (Forums)
Participation with other students in the weekly Forum Discussion Board area of the classroom makes up 35% of your final grade. Your knowledge of readings will be reflected in your ability to actively participate and discuss key course concepts. Your initial response, posted by Thursday, must be at least 250 words, well written, supported, and grammatically correct to be considered for full credit. Responses to at least 3 other classmate’s Initial posts, completed by Sunday, should be at least 100 words. Returning to your own thread to answer questions asked of you is expected. Your Initial post makes up 50% of your Forum grade. Responses and discussion decide the other 50% - participation is key!
The Space Shuttle program generated a plethora of ground-breaking space technologies (i.e. re-usability, heat shield, orbiting laboratories) and space operations (i.e. mechanical arms, space construction, re-entry profiles, large crews). You must choose ONE revolutionary aspect from the Shuttle program for your research paper.
Your paper should be approximately 8 pages long (not including Cover and Bibliography pages) and include at least five text pages on the selected technology. Use of pictures and diagrams, properly annotated and cited, is expected (pictures/diagrams do not count toward text pages). See the Assignment for more detailed instructions / expectations.
Topics are to be approved by the end of Week 2. As repeat selections of topics are limited, choose early! The Research paper, worth 20% of your final grade, will be due at the end of Week 4.
As a class, we will discuss the possible follow-on programs for the space shuttle. The overall purpose behind this assignment is to research the future of manned space flight while applying the synergistic knowledge of the entire class.
Aspects to discuss include: mission/goals, program design (performance, schedule, cost), crew size/life support, launch type, assembly requirements, reusability, returnability, growth/adaptability, ground support requirements, etc. Sections will have individual ownership with peer review to ensure a homogenous product.
A project handout will be presented in Week 1 describing the conduct of the Group Project, the participation expectations, general and specific guidelines, and grading emphasis. A PowerPoint template will be provided for individual project section development.
|Research Paper||20.00 %|
|Space Transportation Paper||20.00 %|
|Forum Week 1||4.38 %|
|Forum Week 2||4.38 %|
|Forum Week 3||4.38 %|
|Forum Week 4||4.38 %|
|Forum Week 5||4.38 %|
|Forum Week 6||4.38 %|
|Forum Week 7||4.38 %|
|Forum Week 8||4.38 %|
|Final Term Paper||45.00 %|
|Final Term Paper||45.00 %|
|Book Title:||Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.|
|Author:||No Author Specified|
Not current for future courses.