Courses

Core Courses

Space Resources Fundamentals (SPRS 501)

Overview of the space resources field, including the current knowledge of available resources in the Solar System, extraction and utilization systems under development, economic and technical feasibility studies, legal and policy issues, and space exploration architectures that may be enabled by utilizing extraterrestrial resources. 3.0 credit hours

Space Systems Engineering (SPRS 502)

Systems engineering course with focus on In Situ Resources Utlization (ISRU) technologies, from spacecraft design to mission architectures relying on space resources (Pre-requisite: SPRS 501 or instructor’s approval) . 3.0 credit hours

Space Resources Design Project I (SPRS 591)

Team design project of a space-mission architecture enabled by space resources and utilizing ISRU components. Working with experts from space agencies and commercial entities, the outcome of these projects will be relevant to public exploration goals and private-industry needs (Pre-requisites: SPRS 501 and 502 or instructor’s approval). 2.0 credit hours

Space Resources Design Project II (SPRS 592)

Team design project of a space-mission architecture enabled by space resources and utilizing ISRU components. Working with experts from space agencies and commercial entities, the outcome of these projects will be relevant to public exploration goals and private-industry needs (Pre-requisite: SPRS 591 or instructor’s approval). 3.0 credit hours

Space Resources Graduate Seminar (SPRS 503)

Presentation and discussion of original research work and developing technologies in current topics in the space resources field by faculty members, guest experts, and students. 1.0 credit hour

Advanced Engineering or Economic Analysis (approved elective)

Advanced mathematical and numerical methods commonly used to solve engineering or economics problems. 3.0 credit hours

Technical Specialization Tracks and Elective Courses

Remote Sensing, Prospecting and Resource Assessment

  • GEGN401 Mineral Deposits
  • GEGN403 Mineral Exploration Design
  • GEOL510 Planetary Geology
  • GPGN470 Applications of Satellite Remote Sensing
  • GPGN475 Planetary Geophysics
  • MNGN510 Fundamentals of Mining & Mineral Resource Development
  • PHGN566 Modern Optical Engineering

Power and Energy

  • CBEN509 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • EENG580 Power Distribution Systems
  • EENG581 Power System Operation and Management
  • MEGN561 Design and Simulation of Thermal Systems
  • MEGN569 Fuel Cell Science and Technology
  • MEGN571 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MEGN593 Engineering Design Optimization

Economics and Policy

  • CEEN592 Environmental Law
  • CEEN594 Risk Assessment
  • EBGN504 Economic Evaluation and Investment Decision Methods
  • EBGN510 Natural Resources Economics
  • EBGN535 Economics of Metal Industries and Markets
  • EBGN560 Decision Analysis
  • MNGN501 Regulatory Mining Laws and Contracts
  • MNGN585 Mining Economics
  • PEGN530 Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Law

Remote Extraction, Material Processing and Refining

  • CBEN550 Membrane Separation Technology
  • MNGN503 Mining Technology for Sustainable Development
  • MNGN514 Mining Robotics
  • MNGN515 Mine Mechanization and Automation
  • MTGN414 Processing of Ceramics
  • MTGN531 Thermodynamics of Metallurgical and Materials Processing
  • MTGN539 Principles of Material Processing-Reactor Design
  • PEGN508 Advanced Rock Properties
  • PEGN517 Drilling Engineering Principles
  • PEGN519 Advanced Formation Evaluation
  • PEGN590 Reservoir Geomechanics

Robotics, Autonomy and Communications

  • CSCI572 Computer Networks II
  • CSCI575 Machine Learning
  • EENG525 Antennas
  • EENG527 Wireless Communications
  • MEGN544 Robot Mechanics: Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control
  • MEGN545 Advanced Robot Control