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ATI's Management of Space Technology course

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      The Management of Space Technology Professional Development Course reviews the historical and political dynamics of organizational management of the civil space program in the United States. This three-day (21 hour) course is based on lectures, discussions, and the use of a book by Eligar Sadeh, Space Politics and Policy: An Evolutionary Perspective, as well as additional articles and publications that deal with space management. In this course, the political, organizational, and technical variables that affect space management of complex, large-scale space technology are examined. Political variables deal with political accountability between space organizations and the government; organizational variables entail management structures of decision-making and organizational cultures that establish the ways in which risk, reliability, and safety are managed; and technical variables concern the nature of complex space technology and how that is managed in terms of the specific operational methods like systems management and systems engineering.


      Dr. Eligar Sadeh serves as an Assistant Professor of Space Studies in the School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota, as a Research Associate with the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, as Editor of Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics and Policy, and on the Editorial Board of the academic journal Space Policy. Sadeh also worked at Lockheed-Martin as a Space Systems Engineer, and instructs professional development courses for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and for the United Space Alliance Training Academy. He is a recognized expert on space policy with sponsored research, and invited interviews, presentations, and testimonies involving, among others: NASA, Routledge, Center for Space and Defense Studies at the United States Air Force Academy, National Defense University, Tauri Group, Congressional Quarterly, United States Government Accountability Office, World Affairs Council of America, History Channel International, and National Public Radio.

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    What you will learn:

      This course is intended for aerospace and space professionals in governmental, nongovernmental, industrial, and commercial sectors interested in how space management impacts their work environment. The course is also relevant for managers involved in strategic planning, executive managers, program and project managers, and lecturers and students of space management issues.

      Course participants will learn how the interrelationships among the variables of space management- political, organizational, and technical- produce management processes and outcomes that determine whether implementation of complex, large-scale space technology is met with success or failure.

    Course Outline:
    1. olitical agenda-setting and formulation, and implications for management
      • Advocacy coalitions and access to space case study
      • Problem of "over-optimization" of technical systems
    2. Space management dynamics
    3. Political, organizational, and technical assessment
      • Bureaucratic and systems management
      • Organizational cultures and space management
    4. Organizational decision-making processes dealing with the Space Shuttle program, including the Challenger and Columbia accidents
    5. Management approaches applied to implement the national Vision for Space Exploration dealing with technical authority, integrated financial management, and public-private partnerships
    6. Heuristics as a basis for space management
    7. Space management and systems architectures


    Tuition for this three-day course is $1390 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to