16.891J / ESD.129 Space Policy Seminar

Spring 2003

Photo of International Space Station photographed from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis.
International Space Station photographed from the departing Space Shuttle Atlantis.  (Image is taken from NASA's Web site: http://www.nasa.gov.)

Course Highlights

Students will learn about the history of the space enterprise, its history, stakeholders, and governing laws. The class will participate in a group project that includes researching, writing, and presenting options for development of a new reusable launch vehicle.

Course Description

The seminar explores current issues in space policy as well as the historical roots for the issues. Emphasis on critical policy discussion combined with serious technical analysis. The range of issues covers national security space policy, civil space policy, as well as commercial space policy. Issues explored include: the GPS dilemma, the International Space Station choices, commercial launch from foreign countries, and the fate of satellite-based cellular systems.

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Staff

Instructors:
Prof. Daniel E. Hastings
Prof. Jeffrey Hoffman

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
One session / week
2 hours / session

Level

Graduate