SPACE 101 - Rocket Science
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Space Science & Engineering (SPACE)
Department: CoE Climate and Space
Requirements & Distribution:
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This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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An introduction to the science of space and space exploration. Topics covered include history of spaceflight, rockets, orbits, the space environment, satellites, remote sensing, and the future human presence in space. The mathematics will be at the level of algebra and trigonometry.

Course Objectives:

  • Introduce students to the science of space exploration and the space environment.
  • In this context, increase their familiarity with scientific methods of analyzing systems and solving problems.
  • Lead the students to understand and appreciate the excitement of space exploration and understanding the space environment

Course Outcomes:

  • General, qualitative familiarity by the students with the science of space exploration and the space environment.
  • In this context, increased familiarity with scientific methods of analyzing systems and solving problems.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of science and technology in a societal context
  • Improved ability to engage in life-long learning about science and engineering
  • Greater knowledge of contemporary issues relating to space exploration and the space environment


  • History
    • History of Spaceflight
  • Propulsion
    • Basics of Propulsion
    • Reaction Engines
    • Advanced propulsion systems
  • Orbits
    • Types of orbits
    • Orbital Maneuvering
  • Space Environment I
    • The Sun
    • The solar wind
    • Solar explosions
  • Space Environment II
    • The Earth
    • Magnetosphere
    • Radiation Belts
    • Ionosphere
  • Space Environment III
    • Space Weather
    • Coronal mass ejections
    • Proton events
    • Geomagnetic storms
  • Satellites
    • Types of satellite orbits
    • Satellite functions
  • Remote sensing
    • Electromagnetic radiation
    • Spectral bands and resolution
    • Types of remote sensing
  • Exploring the solar system
    • Moon
    • Mars
    • Other planets
  • Astronomy from space
    • Hubble Space Telescope
    • Chandra X-ray observatory
    • Other systems
  • Space vehicles
    • Older rockets
    • Space shuttle
    • Spaceship One
    • The Future
  • Living and working in space
    • The environment.
    • Gravity and weightlessness
    • The technology of working in space
    • The dangers
  • Space stations and space colonies
    • Long-term survival in space
    • Long-term survival on planets
  • Is there life out there?
    • Fundamentals for Life
    • The Drake equation


  • Introduction to Space: The Science of Spaceflight,
    Author: Thomas D. Damon Publisher: Kriegler Publishing Company Third Edition, 2001
    ISBN: 0-89464-065-8

Course Requirements:

Assessment Tools:

  • Regular homework problems
  • Exams

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SPACE 101 - Rocket Science
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
21ENGR Ugrd
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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