SP100 – Introduction to the Space Environment & Space Systems

1-5 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for ISR University/Global Space University Participants Only

Graduates of this course shall be able to describe the space operating environment and basic orbital mechanics. Additionally, students will be able to define and identify the components of space architecture which includes the space, link, and ground segments. Building upon this foundation graduates will be able to discuss space-lift and space operations and how space operators manage missions across a diverse set of space-based capabilities. Building upon this foundation, in Space 200, Space Systems Design students shall be able to describe system requirements for the best employment of available space assets for ongoing and future commercial and/or military operations and communicate their knowledge effectively to their leadership.

For more information on ISR University: https://isruniversity.com/

For more information on GSU: https://globalspaceuniversity.org/

Course Details

Number of Units: 5.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Commercial/Industry Space professionals, US Military & allied partners.

Directions to Enrolled Participants for University Credit: Submit your Certificate of Completion by email to [email protected] after enrolling for credit and completing the course.

Prerequisites: High School Diploma or equivalent & Some College or bachelor’s degree

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What You Will Learn

  • Understand current and historical trends and milestones in humanity’s exploration of and use of space
  • Describe and discuss the uses of space in commercial and military applications
  • Describe the effects of orbital mechanics and space environment on space systems
  • Identify the components of the three segments of a space system and explain how these components and segments work together to meet mission requirements
  • Describe the capabilities and limitations of space lift, including light-, medium-, and heavy-lift space launch vehicles, and identify common space launch facilities around the world
  • Identify the major sub-systems of a satellite and explain how these sub-systems support a satellite’s payload
  • Identify the components of mission management and explain mission operations systems


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The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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