The purpose of the course is to introduce the space professional to concepts and knowledge about human spaceflight systems, including government projects (NASA Constellation, Air Force, etc.), private systems (Virgin Galactic, SpaceX's Dragon, etc.) and international programs such as Soyuz and Shenzou. Participants will become familiar with past, current, and future human spaceflight systems. Historical background, theoretical bases, space physiology, government projects, commercial concerns, legal issues and future trends of human spaceflight will be discussed.
The course will consist of five days of intensive, theoretical classes with an active, hands-on component using the flight and space simulators and the high altitude chamber at UND. Space suit training is also part of the course. A certificate of completion will be awarded to successful participants, who may also opt to earn a maximum of 3.84 CEU credits.
This course will take place from July 20-24 at UND in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The cost for the course will be $3,970. All lunches and the final evening meal are included in this cost. Housing and transportation are not included. Inexpensive housing on the UND campus is available in addition to local hotels. Participation is limited to ten students. An application form, program of study, and more information are available on the course webpage.
Below is an 8-minute video highlighting the 2008 course activities.