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EC 020 – TAP:Econ of Space Exploration

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Exploration of a current economic issue. Topics vary and may include international trade, debts and deficits, environment, ethnicity, race and gender, and employment and work.

Section Description: This course examines the costs and benefits of manned and unmanned space exploration. We address the question of the economic and scientific opportunities afforded by space exploration, and the trade-offs involved with social programs on Earth. The central focus of the course is on the public policy question of the proper relationship between NASA as a government agency and the emerging private launch industry. Students will be introduced to a range of basic economic tools and concepts, such as opportunity costs, cost-benefit analysis, and public goods. The course will cover space vehicle technology, and provide an introduction to orbital mechanics, and cutting-edge technologies such as carbon nanotube space elevators, scam jets, and solar sails. The Russian space program’s successes and failures are covered in some detail.

CRN: 90944

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 8/19

Days Time Location
TR 14:50 - 16:05 OLD MILL 221

Instructor(s): William Arch Gibson

Meeting Dates: 28 Aug 2017 - 08 Dec 2017