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Non-degree and Continuing Professional Education courses offered by the SpaceLab

Continuing Education

From time to time the SpaceLab offers specialist courses for non-degree purposes to serve special needs of government and industry. Modules of the MPhil in Space Studies Programme are offered to Continuing Professional Development students as separate certificated courses from which a participant can obtain CPD points as these courses are registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). These CPD courses are attendance based, and a certificate of attendance is issued.

For more information, download a CPD course brochure here.

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The following SpaceLab courses are currently offered under the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme:

Space Mission Design (EEE5126Z): 3 – 7 July 2017 (5-day course)
Spacecraft are considered to be part of a space system that comprises both a space segment and a ground segment. This requires an understanding of the space environment and its effects on spacecraft, as well as the basic principles of astronautics to describe satellite orbits and spacecraft trajectories. This course aims to provide a systematic introduction to all the aspects and processes involved in the definition, design, development, testing and operation of space systems. Students are introduced to analysis tools and methodologies that can be used to explore different mission architectures from the point of view of the space environment, Earth coverage, orbit selection, mission operations and data/information flow and analysis. The course will also address access to space and space transportation from a mission design perspective.

Course Convenors: Hon Assoc Prof Rene Laufer, Baylor University, USA and Prof Peter Martinez, UCT
5 CPD points, ECSA CPD Code: UCTSSP117

 

Introduction to Lunar Exploration (EEE5134Z): 10 – 14 July 2017 (mornings)The Moon is the Earth’s closest celestial neighbour and a logical first destination for human space exploration. This Special Topics short course provides a basic introduction to lunar exploration. It covers the origin and structure of the Moon, the lunar environment, the history of robotic and human lunar exploration, and current and future planned lunar exploration activities. Course attendants will also have the opportunity to visit the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town for telescopic viewing of the Moon.

Course Convenors: Hon Assoc Prof Rene Laufer, Baylor University, USA and Prof Peter Martinez, UCT
2.5 CPD points, ECSA CPD Code: UCTSSP217

 

Rovers in Planetary Exploration (EEE5141Z): 10 – 14 July 2017 (afternoons)
Rovers have revolutionized our ability to explore planetary surfaces. This Special Topics short course provides an introduction to the exciting subject of rovers for planetary exploration. The course will be offered jointly by UCT SpaceLab and the Mission Control Academy of Mission Control Services in Canada. Course topics include: an introduction to planetary science on rocky planets; the design and operation of planetary exploration rovers; and rover mission planning. Participants will also have the opportunity to control a real rover remotely at the Canadian Space Agency.

Course Convenors: Dr Ewan Reid, Mission Control Services, Canada; Hon Assoc Prof Rene Laufer, Baylor University, USA; Prof Peter Martinez, UCT and Dr Phillip Janney, UCT
2.5 CPD points, ECSA CPD Code: UCTSSP317