STIA-351 Spaceflight and Society: Exploring the History of the Final Frontier
Fall for 2017-2018
Valerie Neal
This course explores the history of spaceflight,
emphasizing its civil component, but also including national security
and commercial activities, and the interactions among all components
of spaceflight around the world. It represents an examination of the
origins, evolution, current status, and future prospects of U.S. space
policies and programs. It will cover civilian, military, and national
security space programs and the space activities of the private
sector, and the interactions among these four sectors of space
activity. This examination will be cast in the context of the space
activities of other countries, and of international cooperation and
competition in space. The goal of the course is to give the student an
exposure to the debates and decisions that have shaped U.S. efforts in
space to date, and to the policy issues that must be addressed in
order to determine the future goals, content, pace, and organization
of U.S. space activities, both public and private.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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