Space Tourism: The Science and Engineering Behind the Trend

Course Description

Although seeming so simple, space tourism requires special materials, unique aircraft, and offers unique human body interactions in close to zero gravity. There is a lot of science and engineering behind space travel!

You will participate in interactive lectures while learning the fundamental and applied science behind space travel. This course will first teach the physics of going from Earth’s gravity to zero gravity, what type of forces are placed on an aircraft and the human body when traveling to and from the upper Earth’s atmosphere as well as space, the material properties necessary for aircraft travel to space, and how such materials respond to extreme forces and heat generation when going to and from space. Science concepts including Newton’s law and forces; heat conduction and convection; propulsion; material properties; mechanical properties of materials; forces on the human body; physics; and chemistry will then be introduced as you learn the various ways in which we to travel to space.

Throughout the course, you will design and develop ways to travel to the Earth’s upper atmosphere and space, and will compare their solutions to what is being used today. This course will present a comprehensive viewpoint of space travel from the science and engineering perspective - we will cover almost everything except for going to space itself!

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Understand what is so unique about space tourism from a science and engineering viewpoint
• Use appropriate terms to discuss science advances
• Complete literature reviews for advances in space tourism
• Be able to critically evaluate current space tourism approaches and even propose your own approach
• Critically analyze the science behind space tourism
• Effectively communicate science both orally and in a written format

The course teaches the fundamental science and engineering concepts behind space tourism. As such, it lays a strong foundation for both science and engineering, and provides a solid foundation for study in numerous applications and fields.


This course is designed for the science and engineering beginner. As such, no background in math, physics, or engineering is required.


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Dates: July 18, 2022 - July 22, 2022
*Duration: 1 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Thomas Webster
Course Number: 10155