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Congressional Space Studies Series: Introduction to Space

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

On behalf of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, a national organization focused on American leadership in space, science and technology – we would like to invite you to register for the 2019 edition of the Congressional Space Studies Series.  Over the course of 2019 we will explore the history, operation and management of NASA’s human and science exploration programs as well as provide updates on commercial space development.  This series will launch on Friday, February 22, from 10am-12pm in Rayburn 2325.  

This program’s curriculum will provide staff with a comprehensive overview of the key elements of our space program and will feature distinguished guest speakers at each class, including senior NASA leadership, astronauts and industry officials. Staff who attend eight of the nine classes throughout the year will receive a certificate for completing the program at the end of the series.

Last year’s inaugural course received strong positive reviews.  This year’s nine-part series will be held on Capitol Hill on the last Friday morning of each month.  Last year’s inaugural course received strong and positive reviews.  Each session will comprise part of a comprehensive curriculum designed to help Congressional staff better understand space policy, NASA operations and key processes that drive our space program. Lectures are followed by Q&A with attendees.  The schedule is summarized below. (NOTE: The order of topics may change depending upon availability of speakers.)

February: Introduction to Space, Part 1 - Friday, Feb. 22 from 10am-12pm in Rayburn 2325
Learning Objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the scope of human space exploration, space science, and space commerce, and be able to identify the interdependencies among them.

March: Introduction to Space, Part 2 – Human Space Exploration – Friday, March 29
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe and identify NASA’s programs in Human Space Flight (HSF) and describe the objectives of each program.

April: Human Spaceflight Operations – Friday, April 26
Learning Objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the “nuts-and-bolts” of human spaceflight operations, its risks, and its evolution over time.

May: Astronautics – Friday, May 31
Learning Objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the training, experience, and risks of participating in spaceflight missions from those who have done them, and who plan to do them.

June: Introduction to Space, Part 3 – Science – Friday, June 28
Learning objective: Participants will be able to identify the four major areas of NASA Space Science and to describe the scope of each.

July: The Role of the National Academies – Friday, July 26
Learning objective: Participants will understand the role of the National Academies and the interactions between it, NASA, and the Congress.

August: Introduction to Space, Part 4 – Commerce – Friday, August 30
Learning objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the history of space commerce, its current state of development and topical issues to be addressed in order for it continue to develop.

September: Program Management 101 – Friday, September 27
Learning Objective: Participants will acquire an understanding of the basics of government program management with particular emphasis on real-world impact of funding, schedule, and risk management in a development environment.

October: Looking ahead: Exploration, Science and Commerce – the role of government and industry (Capstone session) – Friday, October 25
Learning Objectives: Participants will participate in a discussion of the role of government, role of industry, and conduct of science in an integrated world.

The Coalition’s President and CEO, Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, will lead the classes along with guest lecturers and invited guest panelists. Dr. Dittmar is a former professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, was a member of the Human Spaceflight Committee at the National Research Council, and currently serves as a member of the Users’ Advisory Group of the National Space Council, the Executive Committee of the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) of the FAA. As CEO of her own consultancy firm, she has years of expertise guiding defense, aerospace and technology businesses and has long been a strategic advisor to government.

This lecture series is designed to help Congressional staff who are currently handling a space portfolio, have an interest in working on space issues in the future, or are just generally interested in space. The program is limited to current staff and invited guests and there is no fee to participate.

For more information about the Coalition, please visit: exploredeepspace.com
To register for this Space Studies Series, please send an email to spacestudies@spacecoalition.com