The objective of the M.S. program is to provide graduate students, who have that developed a high level of knowledge in the field of human space exploration, with expertise in specific aspects of space studies, space settlements, space systems,R&D in space science, and excellence in writing and oral communication. M.S. graduate will possess a strong foundation on which they can be highly successful in science-related positions in government, industry, and other institutions, or carry out high quality research at the PhD level. Graduates of the program go on to become the future stewards of their discipline. They will generate knowledge and contribute to the future of space exploration.
The M.S. in Space Architecture program guides students through the challenges of designing and building inhabited environments in outer space. The program considers the complexities of sustainable design at multiple scales for continuous human habitation in extreme conditions, ranging from energy-efficient systems to development of space infrastructure. Students explore advanced space architecture to assess the key issues of establishing human space settlements.
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This course introduces students to the systems approach to spacecraft design and gives insights into the working of space systems and how they interact with each other. This includes mission requirements and objectives, design drivers, and mission architectures. Topics may include: space science, environment, and satellite missions, celestial mechanics, mission analysis, mass drivers and propulsion, space-based communications systems, data systems and processing, and space instrumentation and applications.
This course covers the multidisciplinary challenges of spacecraft and habitat systems design, and provides an overview of different types and applications of spacecraft. Students will be introduced to systems engineering, concurrent design, spacecraft design optimization techniques, standards, and regulatory issues. Topics may include: design and performance trade-offs, economics and regulations of spaceflight and space settlements, testing and verification requirements and methods, and how to critically evaluate design options.
This course provides understanding of the motion of celestial objects and spacecraft under gravity. Analysis of the two-body and restricted three-body problems and orbital transfer using impulsive forces will be investigated. Students will also examine advanced concepts and processes for designing space infrastructure for interplanetary, surface and sub-surface operations, solar system wide infrastructure, and interstellar spacecraft trajectories for given specifications. Students gain insights through numerical analyses and dynamic simulation, data analytics with management and execution of mission objectives, and discussions of real space missions to demonstrate how these practices have been applied in industry.
This course provides for the independent study of a current topic in space architecture designed to encourage students to conduct research. Students will carry out independent library research, explore experimental work, prepare a written report and make a presentation to other students in the course of the research plan and preliminary results. An independent study course is intended to foster initiative in students by supporting them to address their own learning needs related to their thesis research or research in general, and extends a student’s learning beyond the available prescribed and elective courses.
This special study option enables students to undertake specific projects in space architecture. The topic of the special study will be determined in consultation with a faculty member and the individual student. The project may be theoretical and/or experimental and can be selected from a range of topics related to the course as suggested by teaching staff, your employer or even focused on your own area of interest. Students are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with faculty member prior to registration for the course.
For M.S. Degree, Thesis-Based. Research studies in Space Architecture. Students will actively engage in the research process, write the thesis and be examined on the thesis. The research may be on any topic, subject to approval and availability of faculty supervision.
For M.S. Degree, Thesis-Based. Research studies in Space Architecture. Students will actively engage in the research process, write the thesis and be examined on the thesis. The research may be on any topic, subject to approval and availability of faculty supervision. Prerequisite: SAR 597.