Space Sciences (SPS)

Chairman: Charles Praxis
Professors: Neolin Garr, Shara Ruos, William Trainer, Trahn Xian

The Space Sciences department hopes to give each cadet some familiarity with interstellar astrographical features and to inspire a greater interest to prompt some students to pursue further studies in this field, whether during their Academy time or their service in Starfleet.

SPS 101. Essential Astronomy

Introduction to the science of astronomy, with emphasis on stars and their planetary systems. Covers its historical development from Ptolemy, Kepler, and Copernicus through the modern era. Stellar and planetary statistics and classes, gravitational phenomena, and stellar development.

SPS 203. Astrogation

A comprehensive survey on the navigation of interstellar vessels, and on the theories of astrogation. Topics include the galactic coordinate system, subspace and gravimetric influences, warp and impulse speeds, interstellar obstacles and hazard to navigation, and efficient course equations and plotting. Students practice theories in simulations and training at the Academy Flight Range, and complete a successful navigation project in simulation as a final exam.

SPS 340. Introduction to Interstellar Phenomena

A study of interstellar phenomena encounters outside a star system, including black holes, cosmic strings, quantum filaments, subspace vacuoles, dark matter, inversion nebulae, stellar rifts, wormholes, and related phenomena. Students study the formation and structure of these interstellar objects, as well as the potential hazards they pose to space vessels. Students are expected to differentiate between the various phenomena using sensor readings, and will be tested on their knowledge.

SPS 410. Stellar Cartography

The use of computer modeling to construct comprehensive three-dimensional grid maps of stellar coordinates. Emphasis on the use of accurate star maps to predict stellar behavior and interaction on all levels, including gravimetric and subspace influences. Students also examine the use of star maps to predict stellar development for over 10 million years and to study stellar placement in the distant past. Students construct a comprehensive star map of a region chosen by the instructor. Regular work conducted in the Academy stellar cartography lab.