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SPST621 - Current and Emerging Space Powers

Course Details

Course Code: SPST621 Course ID: 3713 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Space exploration and exploitation have become global activities. While the United States and the Soviet Union were battling for supremacy during the Cold War and striving for “firsts” in the Space Race, several nascent space powers were blossoming in the background. Not limited to the U.S. and USSR, the dream of spaceflight sprouted in lands as diverse as France, Germany, China, Japan, India, Israel and Brazil. The European Space Agency, the Chinese Space Program, the Japanese Space Program and the Indian Space Program have become space powerhouses. A study of these various programs is essential to gain a thorough understanding that space exploration is not only a global enterprise, but also an important concern for our own national security.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to accomplish the following:

  • CO-1: Analyze the formation and the early years of the European Space Agency
  • CO-2: Examine the successes and failures of ESA satellite programs
  • CO-3: Analyze the future potential of the ESA
  • CO-4: Differentiate the aims and goals of the Russian space program
  • CO-5: Deconstruct the Chinese space strategy
  • CO-6: Distinguish the similarities and differences between selected emerging space powers
  • CO-7: Analyze potential implications of both current and emerging space powers’ space activities to U.S. national security
  • CO-8: Attribute the future goals and plans of a selected space agency

Your efforts in this course will be evaluated based upon the following:

** Weekly Forum postings

** NASA/ESA Paper: 8-10 page paper on a specific topic regarding either NASA or the European Space Agency

** Midterm: Covers weeks 1 - 4

** Satellite Program Paper: 10 - 12 page paper discussing one current satellite
program within your selected agency

** Space Agency Paper: 14 - 16 page research paper fully examining your
selected space agency

** Final Exam: Covers weeks 5 – 8

Grades for this course will be based upon forums, examinations and papers. You must complete all assigned tasks in order to pass the course.

Forums / Participation

Forums make up 20% of your overall grade. Each week, you will be required to respond to a ‘Forum’ with at least 250 words to comply with APUS standards. Your comprehension of assigned readings will be reflected in your ability to discuss key course concepts. In addition, you should provide a substantial response (at least 100 words) to at least two of your classmates’ postings each week to receive full credit. This ensures a more interactive classroom environment.

The NASA/ESA Paper is worth 10% of your grade. Your 8-10 page paper should focus on a particular topic relating to NASA or the ESA. For example, the Space Shuttle Program is not specific enough for this paper. But a specific shuttle mission, or a specific NASA satellite, would be. Details can be found in the Assignments Tab.

Midterm and Final Exam

The midterm and final exam are worth 35% of your overall grade. Questions will be short answer, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, or true/false and require you to have previously completed all reading assignments.

Satellite Program Paper

The Satellite Program Paper is worth 15% of your overall grade. Find at least three peer-reviewed articles on a current space program in your selected space agency and write a 10-12 page paper discussing this program. Details are located in the Assignments Tab.

Space Agency Paper

The research paper makes up 20% of your overall grade. You will submit a 14–16 page paper that discusses the past, present, and future of the particular agency you selected. It must also include your future plans for the agency, if you were in charge. Details are located in the Assignments Tab.

Citation and Reference Style

Students will follow the APA style as the sole citation and formatting style used in all written work submitted for this course.

If you have questions about the course grading, don't hesitate to contact me through the Sakai message system.

Text: The European Space Program: Early Rocketry to Formation of a Successful Space Agency (Dr. Walt Conrad, editor)

Supplemental Websites:

Chinese National Space Administration

Russian Federal Space Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Book Title:Additional required readings will be available inside the classroom.
Book Title:Emerging Space Powers - eBook available in the APUS Online library
Publication Info:Springer
Author:Harvey, Brian
Unit Cost:$56.39

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.