Exploration of the Solar System: Foundations of Space Industry
Use your STEM qualification as a launchpad for space exploration. You’ll get to know the terminology, datasets, and best practices used by today’s space industry. Get ready to work on missions and projects in space agencies.
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- 28 Aug 2023
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- examine, review, and compare methods of the exploration of the solar system (ancient to modern)
- describe space mission science objectives and relate to instrument payloads
- evaluate and relate mission science to engineering advances and spin-offs
- analyse and interpret mission data; derive and critique properties of solar system bodies in a written report, demonstrating academic integrity and referencing conventions to acknowledge the original source of information
- assess planetary environments and plan for sustainable human presence in space
- Background, vocabulary, and definitions related to the methods of exploration of the solar system.
- Relationship between science and payload – building the transition from basic to applied.
- Track spin-off technologies from space to private sector.
- Analyse and interpret mission instrument data.
- Assessment of habitability for humans in space.
Students must have a Bachelor Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) discipline with a minimum completion of high school mathematics.
- Equipment requirements - Audio video equipment required. Provide communication method.
This subject will track the origin and evolution of the space industry from the point of view of exploration of the solar system. We will focus on the multi-disciplinary investigation of all Solar System bodies, from the Sun to the Oort cloud and beyond. We will cover the history of space exploration from ancient to modern times, using ground and space-based methods, including instrument payload and science objectives. The subject will also detail the spin-offs from space-related engineering and science that have benefitted humanity and the economy through this pathway. Other topics introduced will include planetary and space resources, human presence in space, and the future of space exploration.
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- Laboratory exercises/activities (40%)
- Assessment of space resources project report (40%)
- Challenges of human presence in space presentation (20%)
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