Postgraduate | CUR-SPC510 | 2024
Operating in Space
From the dangers of radiation to the importance of setting up base, you’ll explore the realities of humans surviving in space. Think about visiting the Moon and Mars—their surfaces, resources, and landscapes. Work in teams to design a base.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Start dates
- 26 Feb 2024,
- 26 Aug 2024
- Entry requirements
- Prior study needed
- 13 weeks
Operating in Space
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- define and describe space radiation environments and the main technological challenges for enabling human presence beyond Earth’s orbit
- identify and interpret the surface properties on Moon, Mars and asteroids necessary for in-situ resource collection and utilisation
- estimate resources off Earth and determine relevance, from the aspect of human needs and surface properties on space bodies
- conduct feasibility study addressing the pros and/or cons of humans in orbit vs setting up a base off Earth vs a permanent habitat off Earth
- implement learning to design a human base on the Moon, reflect on the report outcomes
- Space and radiation environments on different planets
- Surface properties of planets other than earth – in-situ resource investigation
- Humans in orbit or on surface base? Which is better?
- Design a base on the Moon – group work
This subject explores and explains the challenges of operating in space, from the environment of different space bodies to the stresses and difficulties this causes. It also provides an overview of the needs and requirements for, along with the details of, setting up habitats and resource collection. The learning outcomes involve basic understanding of ‘living off the land’ in the sense of utilising resources in-situ as well as using geological landscape and surface materials for building a human base and habitats. This subject will explore past, current and future programs to return humans to the Moon. Further learning is enabled via small team projects where students are engaging in a survivability in space exercise.
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- Feasibility Study: Humans in Space (45%)
- Understanding Space Environment and Planetary Surfaces (20%)
- Group Case Study: Designing a Human Base on the Moon and peer review reflection (35%)
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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.
- Other requirements - Access to the Internet.
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