AIAA Offers Unique Course on the Lessons from 60 Years in Space Written 29 April 2024


Human Spaceflight Operations Course

Human Spaceflight Operations: Lessons Learned from 60 Years in Space – Online Short Course (Starts 7 May 2024)

April 29, 2024 – Reston, Va. – During the first 60 years of spaceflight, the aerospace community has been amassing an extraordinary engineering knowledge base. Now it’s time to pass this collective experience to the next generation of space explorers during May and June. Space industry professionals will benefit from the only course of its kind:  Human Spaceflight Operations: Lessons Learned from 60 Years in Space.

Course Details
7 May–27 June (Tuesdays/Thursdays)
1–3 p.m. ET
35 classroom hours total (3.5 CEU/PDH)
Online/Zoom, Sessions recorded and available for replay
AIAA Member: $1,495 USD
Non-Member: $1,795 USD
AIAA Student Member: $995 USD

The course will be taught by former NASA Astronaut Gregory E. Chamitoff, someone who has lived and worked in space for almost 200 days. He will be joined by a cadre of 14 space operations experts with vast experience as flight directors, flight controllers, astronauts, and mission engineers. boo The lessons learned are derived through space mission experiences.

The experience and expertise of the instructors is unmatched. “Our goal is to pass on our insight to the next generation of space engineers, designers, operators, and crew. Anyone who is part of a current or future government space program or commercial space enterprise will gain valuable insights,” said Chamitoff, an AIAA Associate Fellow.

Course topics span the range of operational disciplines involved in planning and executing human spaceflight. “This is not a course on space system design, of which there are many. The aim is to shine light on space operations, as distinct from engineering design. However, the most important lesson is perhaps that operational requirements must be considered very carefully in the design process. We hope that through the process of explaining how things really work in space and in mission control centers, future missions can benefit from the experience (and mistakes) of so many pioneers who have come before,” Chamitoff concluded.

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