Curricula - Space Systems Academic Group
Space Systems Operations (Master of Science) - Curriculum 366
The Space Systems Operations students are awarded the degree Master of Science in Space Systems Operations. A minimum of 45 quarter-hours of graduate level work of which at least 15 hours must be at the 4000 level. Graduate courses in at least four different academic disciplines must be included and in two disciplines, a course at the 4000 level must be included. There is also a requirement of three courses constituting advanced study in an area of specialization and an experience tour. Each student is required to write a thesis that is space oriented. The Chairman of the Space Systems Academic Group must approve all study programs.
The Space Systems Operations curriculum is designed to provide officers with knowledge of military opportunities and applications in space. Students are provided instruction about the operation, tasking and employment of space surveillance, communications, navigation and atmospheric/oceanographic/environmental sensing systems as well as payload design and integration -- specifically for the exploitation of Space and Information products.
Space Systems Operations curriculum is one of the Information Superiority (IS) curricula, which encompasses several degree tracks: Computer Sciences, Joint C4I Systems, Information Systems and Technology, Information Warfare, Intelligence Information Management, Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation, and Space Systems Operations. The Professional Practice Core of the Information Superiority (IS) curricula consists of material in Information Sciences and Technology, Command and Control, C4ISR Systems, Acquisition, C4ISR System Evaluation, Information Operations\Warfare, and Enterprise Policy, Strategy and Change. This specialization satisfies the Information Superiority education skill requirements as established by CNO-N6.
Space Systems Engineering (Master of Science) - Curriculum 591
The Space Systems Engineering students earn a Master's degree in one of the following academic areas: Astronautical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Physics. Refer to the degree requirements in the associated departments.
The Space Systems Engineering program provides officers, through graduate education, with a comprehensive scientific and technical knowledge of military and Navy space systems. This curriculum is designed to equip officers with the theoretical and practical skills required to design and integrate military space payloads with other spacecraft subsystems. Graduates will be prepared by their education to design, develop and manage the acquisition of space communications, navigation, surveillance, electronic warfare and environmental sensing systems.
Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications (NC3) Certificate - Curriculum 298
The Space Nuclear Command, Control & Communications (NC3) Certificate is comprised of four courses (SS3011, SS3613, SS3740 and SS3741). Upon successful completion of the course work, students will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment in keeping with standard practices of the Naval Postgraduate School. The Space NC3 Certificate supports objectives corresponding to required space, ground and classified elements of USAF Global Strike Command’s strategic Nuclear education components. This certificate is a distance learning, asynchronous education program that covers satellite technology and communication fundamentals relevant to U.S. strategic nuclear operations, deterrence and assurance.
Space Systems Fundamentals Certificate - Curriculum 273
Space assets are essential to modern warfare. The Space Systems Certificate provides the foundation to understanding the integration of space capabilities across combined armed forces, involving networks, sensors, and weapons. The certificate course sequences covers MILSATCOM, remote sensing, physics of the space environment, and orbitology, providing knowledge, and insight to exploit the combat advantage provided by current and future space-based resources.
Space Control, Tactics, & Operations Certificate (SCTO) - Curriculum 266
The Space Control, Tactics, & Operations (SCTO) Certificate is a four-course sequence that focuses on space control, specifically rendezvous and proximity operations. It is designed to serve the DoD Space community and increases the ability to meet DoD Space mission objectives. It provides a technical basis in orbital mechanics and space systems modeling and simulation, as well as the implications of operating space systems in a contested environment.
Space Systems Design Certificate (SSD) - Curriculum 253
The Space Systems Design Certificate comprises four courses (SS3011, AE4830, AE4831, and SS3051). Upon successful completion of the course work, students will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment in keeping with standard practices of the Naval Postgraduate School. The Space Systems Design Certificate supports DoD Space educational needs and is targeted primarily at providing DoD Space employees with top-level knowledge in spacecraft design.
Space Systems Operations (Master of Science) (International) - Curriculum 364
The Space Systems Operations (International) curriculum is designed to provide international officers with knowledge of military opportunities and applications in space. It is also available to US citizens who may not have a security clearance. Students are provided instruction about the operation, tasking, and employment of space surveillance, communications, navigation, and atmospheric/oceanographic/environmental sensing systems as well as payload design and integration — specifically for the exploitation of Space and Information products. For a complete description, see the Space Systems Operations (366) section of the catalog.
Space Systems Engineering PhD - Curriculum 597
Ph.D. degrees in Astronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Physics are available.