Space Flight Research Project

Students will choose a major space program (historical, present, or in the near future) and prepare an in depth presentation for the class, to be presented near the end of the semester. Topics to cover should include, but are not limited to:

    • Mission goals as stated at inception and how those evolved over time
    • Mission overview (time frame, number of flights, manned vs unmanned, rover vs orbiter vs satellite, orbital path and time frame, astronauts and their time in space, etc) Include all relevant details as appropriate to the level of this class.
    • Technological overview of the launch vehicle, crew vehicle (if applicable), satellite capabilities, etc.
    • Major hurdles in mission preparation (technological, funding, launch windows, timing, etc)
    • New technology used and advancements over past missions
    • Major milestones and setbacks
    • Research and new discoveries to come out of the program

These topics should include a program with multiple missions and goals, not a single launch. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Apollo
  • Gemini
  • Mercury
  • Space Shuttle
  • International Space Station
  • Space X (Falcon, Falcon Heavy, Dragon, and others)
  • Other private space flight/tourism programs in one presentation (SpaceShipOne, Blue Origin, LuxSpace, Dream Chaser, and others)
  • Space Launch System
  • Titan/Delta/Atlas/Saturn launch systems


Presentations will be expected to meet the following requirements for full credit:

  • Teach the class about your chosen topic through an oral presentation and some sort of activity or multimedia presentation. Powerpoint, Glogster, wikis, blogs, podcasts, videos, creating a website, etc, are all suitable possibilities.
  • There is no minimum time requirement for the project, but you are expected to explain your topic in sufficient detail that the class will have an increased understanding of the topic.
  • You are expected to field any questions the class may have after your presentation; however, I do not expect that you will become experts on your chosen topic. I will help you answer any questions that may come.
  • Since this is a small group project, each member is expected to do an equitable amount of the work.

Throughout the entire process, I (Mr. Kildow) will be working closely with students to help them fulfill the requirements for the project and insure that valid scientific information is being presented. While class time will be used occasionally, it is not the intent that students will be able to complete the project solely in class. They are expected to invest in this ongoing project throughout the semester.

Presentations will be scheduled to be completed by the second week in May.