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 Resources program guides students through the evolving challenges of the responsible use of available resources in the Solar System. The program focuses on the identification and management of space resources, including the advancing the development of science and technologies related to extraction, processing, and manufacturing in space. Students explore novel mission architectures that may be enabled by utilizing resources in space.
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This course focuses on power and energy demands supporting the development of space-based infrastructure. Topics include, energy conversion and storage in space, power generation, production, transmission, interconversion, consumption and waste of energy, power distribution systems, operations, management, and optimization techniques, renewable and non-renewable sources, and conservation strategies.
This course provides an overview of using space-based resources to facilitate sustainable human space exploration. Students will gain an understanding of the current knowledge of available resources in the Solar System and investigate novel mission architectures that may be enabled by utilizing resources in space. Topics may include in-situ resource utilization technologies; in-orbit transportation; mining operations; resource acquisition and processing including extraction and utilization systems; and in-space manufacturing and construction.
This course examines physics-based modeling of space objects and space environment interactions to improve space situational awareness providing a safe and efficient environment for space operations. Topics areas may include: space debris, advances in space surveillance, improved abilities for detecting, predicting and avoiding collisions, conjunction analysis, adaptive optics, space object characterization, effective management of space assets and mitigate the effects of space weather.
This course provides for the independent study of a current topic in space resources 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 resources. 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 Resources. 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 Resources. 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: RES 597.