Space Professional II

To raise and normalize standards for space professionals, we must have a way to validate someone’s knowledge, skills, and experience as a practitioner in the space domain.  The Space Force Association’s Space Certifications Program verifies credentials and establishes your credibility in a rapidly growing, exciting, and diverse field.  Our certifications provide clients and partners with the confidence that you meet stringent professional standards.  They also show you’re on top of your field through continuous education, training, experiential learning, and interaction to expand your expertise and remain relevant in a highly competitive market. 

Space Professional II is a next level certification for those with up to 5 years of space domain experience.  These professionals demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and application as a Space Professional I as well as the Space Mission Design Process; Satellite Communications; Remote Sensing; and Position, Navigation, and Timing systems. 

The Space Professional Level II certification consists of 64 hours of education provided through our online Space 150 – Space Systems Design Course. This certification is based on the core competencies outlined here: 

Course Delivery: 

This is an 8-week online course hosted on the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) using asynchronous and synchronous elements.   

– 6 hours of student assignment and activities

– 2 hours of live-virtual instruction (Microsoft Teams) with a certified Space professional instructor

– Two 30-minute Q&A sessions with instructors (before and after each synchronous session) 

Students complete a challenging Capstone project with a Senior Space Professional designed to test student application of knowledge. 

Certification:

Certified Space Professionals must complete 60 hours of Continuing Education Credits every three years to maintain this certification. 

Course Description

Space 150 (SP150) – Space Systems Design

Continuous improvements in technology and globalization of services led to the development and proliferation of advanced space systems across commercial, civil, and military sectors. Space capabilities underpin infrastructure and services for commerce, agriculture, humanitarian- and disaster-relief efforts, financial transactions, social networks, and national defense. This course builds upon the principles of orbital mechanics and spacecraft design from Space 100. Graduates of this course will clearly articulate how satellites, payloads, and constellations are designed to provide specific capabilities. Students thoroughly explore scientific concepts behind various space- based asset design, including the use of the Electromagnetic Spectrum in remote sensing, frequency allocation and budgets for satellite communications, and the intricacies of precision navigation and timing. Students will design a payload, spacecraft and its associated systems and sub-systems, and constellation for a specific purpose as well as describe the launch and orbital transfer parameters required to ultimately achieve their design. [64 Academic Hours]

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