Week 1: The first dreamers and visionaries. Frau im Mond (1929)
Towards space travel. When the story begins. Imagining space travel. Spaceflight literature. Promoting space travel. Pioneers and visionaries. The motion of celestial bodies.
Week 2: The first missiles. The vengeance weapon V-2 (1944)
Times of Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. Principles of rocket operation. V-2. Rockets and the birth of the Cold War. Chemical rockets.
Week 3: The dawn of the Space Age. Sputnik (1957)
Treaty of Rome and Sputnik. Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. International Astronautical Federation. Rockets and Atmospheric exploration. IGY. The Space Environment. Sputnik and the birth of the space era.
Week 4: The Giant Leap. Apollo 11 (1969)
The Giant Leap. First Man in Orbit. Moon Race. Apollo. Introduction to Space Systems I.
Week 5: Space Cooperation. Birth of ESA (1975)
Post-Moon-race cooperation. Soyuz-Apollo programme. ESA example of cooperation. The International Space Station (ISS). Introduction to Space Systems II. Life in space. Accessing space.
Week 6: Using space for Humankind. The exploitation of space
Today’s life needs space. Telecommunications. Earth Observation. GNSS. Space Situational Awareness. Space technologies back on the Earth.
Week 7: Looking ahead. Ambition (2015)
What’s next? Human Exploration of the Solar System. Robotic Exploration of the Solar System. Scientific Exploration of the Universe. Space Tourism. Getting farther and beyond: electric propulsion.