Introduction to Space Training

Commitment 3 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
User Ratings Average User Rating 4.8 See what learners said
Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


The introduction to Space Training course serves well as both an introductory course and a refresher course. It appeals to those new to the field as well as specialists that want a broader look at the fundamentals of contemporary space system design and application. Topics include: (1) an introduction to the fundamentals of space sciences and engineering, including cosmology, the near-Earth and space environments, orbital mechanics, and propulsion; (2) descriptions of basic space system applications (communications, remote sensing, navigation), how they have evolved, and some of the fundamental engineering characteristics involved in each; and (3) an introduction to space system and mission design including discussions of spacecraft subsystems, launch systems, ground systems, and operations, and the mission design (systems engineering) process.

Throughout the course, descriptive examples of notable systems, both historic and current, are used to illuminate each topic. The instruction material places emphasis on identifying the important basic concepts and illuminating their influence on the design of current and future space missions. The course also stresses the ways in which space systems influence the many aspects of our daily lives.

  • 3 days of Introduction to Space Training with an expert instructor
  • Introduction to Space Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Introduction to Space Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • We can adapt this Introduction to Space Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Introduction to Space Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Introduction to Space Training around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Introduction to Space Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Introduction to Space course:

  • The Introduction to Space course content and material is relevant for both civilian and military personnel and would be of interest to those new to the field (including general space enthusiasts) as well as to area specialists including managers, engineers, operators, and even non-technical persons involved in other aspects of space systems development and operation. It covers space-related topics from A to Z allowing the successful completer to “talk the talk” and understand the basics of this diverse field. This Introduction to Space course was designed to be the cornerstone for anyone interested in learning the basics about spacecraft and the missions they perform, and as such would be an excellent first course to take before going into any related specialized areas. Because of the fundamental and popular nature of the presentation material, detailed prior technical knowledge is not required.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this  Introduction to Space Training course are:

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  1. History of Spaceflight. Manned Spaceflight and Unmanned Spaceflight.
  2. Space Environment. Cosmology, Solar Radiation, Electromagnetic Radiation, Particle Radiation, Radiation Belts, the Ionosphere, the Atmosphere, Spacecraft Effects, Man in Space
  3. Orbital Mechanics. Orbital elements and properties. Mission-driven design principles. Orbit establishment, maintenance, and transfer.
  4. Propulsion and Launch Systems. The first principles are staging, launch timing, launch pad location, and launch vehicle options.
  5. Satellite Communications. Communications theory, antenna theory, power budget, modulation, digital communications, and communication satellites.
  6. Remote Sensing. Remote sensing principles, spatial performance, spectral or radiometric performance, temporal performance and revisit time, and remote sensing satellites.
  7. Satellite Navigation. Position determination using Doppler techniques, pulse ranging and phase difference positioning, and navigation satellites.
  8. Space Systems. Payload and mission-specific systems. Instrument types and systems. Spacecraft bus: power, attitude reference, control, data handling, etc.
  9. Ground Support Systems. Launch, tracking, and data collection and handling.
  10. Mission Design. The design process: systems engineering, system life cycle, and system acquisition. Payload and mission design.
  11. Pacing Technologies and Future Design Trends. Payload design trends: communication, remote sensing, and navigation. System design trends: power, large structures, launch systems. Manned spaceflight.
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