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Course Details

Course Code: SPST623 Course ID: 3721 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a comparative study of the major industrialized nations' space organizations. It begins with the US and presents an overview of NASA and non-NASA government agencies supporting space exploration. Comparative views are presented for other countries which then allows the student to select the country of their choice (as approved by the instructor) to compare/contrast its space organization with that of the United States. Students will review the fundamental roles of significant space organization, budgets, and goals and objectives in comparison and contrast between the US and another country.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Present an overview of the structure of NASA
  • List non-NASA government agencies supporting space exploration
  • Present an overview of the structure of a chosen country of interests’ space organization
  • Compare/contrast the U.S. and a chosen country of interests’ space organization
  • Identify and state the fundamental roles of all significant organizations of another country
  • Discuss the current budgets for space exploration (both the U.S. and the chosen country of interest)
  • State the current goals and objectives (macro level summary) for both the U.S. and the chosen country of interest

During this course, we can maintain contact in several ways. The best is via the classroom message system; e-mail should only be utilized in exceptional circumstances. Especially since much of the course is instructor-guided independent study, students are expected to maintain routine contact throughout the course. APUS requires at least four contacts during the semester, which will be listed in the weekly assignments.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussion Questions 23.00 %
Forum 2 3.29 %
Forum 3 3.29 %
Forum 4 3.29 %
Forum 5 3.29 %
Forum 6 3.29 %
Forum 7 3.29 %
Forum 8 3.29 %
Space Agency Paper 25.00 %
New Space Agency Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Final Paper 22.50 %
Draft Research Paper 7.50 %
Congressional Statement 20.00 %
Congressional Statement 20.00 %
Introductory Forum 2.00 %
Forum 1 2.00 %

Web-based Readings

Boehm, J., Baker, C., Stanley, C., and Sakazaki, M. A History of United States National Security Space Management and Organization.

Haller, L.L., and Sakazaki, M.S. Commercial Space and United States National Security.

Kruse, K., Cushman, C.B. Jr., Norricks, D.M.E., and Baker, C. United States Space Management and Organization: Evaluating Organizational Options.

NASA Organization.

Office of Space Commercialization.

Seftas, Randy. The Civil Space Sector.

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Additional Material

There are no required textbooks for this course. All readings are from the Internet sources listed or from those selected by the student with consent from the instructor. Each student will provide a list of readings to support his/her research. Your selected texts may be read in their entirety or broken down into specific pages/chapters of interest, as approved by the instructor. The reason for this method is that the most current information must be used, especially given ongoing changes in NASA and other organizations. Once you have compiled your book lists and have submitted it for approval, the instructor will provide you with additional reading assignments, if needed, which can be downloaded directly from the Internet (NASA homepage, etc.), to help support your efforts. The knowledge of your selected readings will be reflected in your understanding of the material presented in your research paper, as well as knowledge displayed in the Forum discussions.

Selected Bibliography

AMU/APU Space Studies Homepage.

Use the above site for links to various space agencies and other miscellaneous space related sites.

Book Title:All Readings are Available on the Internet at URLs Listed in the Syllabus
Publication Info:Open Web Sources

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.