Space studies offers summer course on human space systems

The Department of Space Studies offers an intensive summer course on “Human Space Systems.” The purpose of the course introduces the space professional to concepts and knowledge about human spaceflight systems, including government projects (NASA Constellation, Air Force, etc.), private systems (Virgin Galactic, SpaceX's Dragon, etc.) and international programs such as Soyuz and Shenzou. The intention of the course is to familiarize students with past, current and future human spaceflight systems. Historical background, theoretical bases, space physiology, government projects, commercial concerns, legal issues and future trends of human spaceflight will be discussed.

The course will consist of a full week of intensive, theoretical classes with an active, hands-on component using the flight and space simulators, flight time in UND airplanes, space suit training and the high altitude chamber at UND. Participants of the workshop can earn a maximum of 3.84 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

The cost for the Human Space Systems Course will be $3,970. This cost provides all lunches and the final evening meal. Housing and transportation are not included. Participation is limited to 10 students. Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis.

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Questions may be addressed after June 3 to Pablo de Leon, space studies research associate (e-mail: or telephone: 701-777-2369 or toll-free 800-CALL-UND ext. 2369).
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace,, 701-777-4761