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SPST201 - Introduction to Space Flight

Course Details

Course Code: SPST201 Course ID: 4956 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Students in this course assess the major aspects of space flight. The course covers space flight from early rocketry through the development of satellite navigation, meteorology, and telecommunications, up to human space flight. Course topics also include: rocket propulsion, basic orbital mechanics, the space environment, living and working in space, and an overview of non-U.S. space programs. Instruction is primarily through readings, along with weekly forums. There will be weekly quizzes, and a paper. (Prerequisite: SPST200)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

CO-1: Discuss the unique advantages of the space environment

CO-2: Describe the elements of a space mission

CO-3: Analyze the history and science behind the space environment and space activities

CO-4: Examine the history of rocketry and how a spacecraft is launched into space

CO-5: Describe the hazards of the space environment

CO-6: Analyze Newton’s and Kepler’s Laws

CO-7: Predict the orbit of a spacecraft through the six orbital elements

CO-8: Examine how spacecraft maneuver from one orbital plane to another

CO-9: Describe the key elements and subsystems of a spacecraft

CO-10: Discuss the basic elements of a propulsion system and their characteristics

CO-11: Examine the elements of space operations

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 40.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Forum 2 5.00 %
Forum 3 5.00 %
Forum 4 5.00 %
Forum 5 5.00 %
Forum 6 5.00 %
Forum 7 5.00 %
Forum 8 5.00 %
Space Mission Project 20.00 %
WK8: Space Mission Project (Presentation) 5.00 %
WK8: Space Mission Project (Paper) 15.00 %
Quizzes 40.00 %
Quiz 8 5.00 %
Quiz 7 5.00 %
Quiz 6 5.00 %
Quiz 5 5.00 %
Quiz 4 5.00 %
Quiz 3 5.00 %
Quiz 2 5.00 %
Quiz 1 5.00 %
Book Title: Understanding Space - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Author: Sellers
Publication Info: VS-McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 9780073407753

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Understanding Space - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-McGraw-Hill
Unit Cost:$87.21
Electronic ISBN:1259215202
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.