2017 Spaceflight Operations Workshop

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Creating Operational Thinkers

Operational thinking and user-centered design are important for human space exploration. To be a successful astronaut, or even an engineer here on earth, you need to think differently. Retired NASA astronaut Clay Anderson, along with Iowa State University, has created the week- long Spaceflight Operations Workshop, which will challenge the way students think. Leaving the classroom, students will participate in hands-on activities to learn planning, execution, and teamwork. 

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About The Workshop

Students are put through exercises similar to those used in actual Astronaut training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston:

  • SCUBA diving – Working in a hazardous environment
  • Wilderness survival training – Expeditionary behavior, teamwork, and mission planning
  • Flight Simulation – Cockpit resource management
  • Skydiving – Moving in reduced gravity
  • Virtual Reality – Emergency training

In The News

Ames Tribune – ISU hosts second-annual spaceflight operations workshop

Des Moines Register – Spaceflight workshop gives glimpse into astronaut life

WHO TV – Aspiring astronauts get taste of space with new camp at Iowa State

KCCI – Workshop trains students to think like astronauts

Spaceflight Operations in Photos

 

2017 Workshop Schedule

Monday, August 7

8:00 AM- Initial Crew Debriefs
8:30 AM- Speaker: Tor Finseth
10:00 AM- Speaker: Dr. J.D. Polk, DO
11:00 AM- Speaker: Dr. Thomas Schnell, Ph.D
12:00 PM- Lunch
1:00 PM- Speaker: Tomas Gonzalez-Torres
2:00 PM- Crew 1: SCUBA
2:00 PM- Crew 2: Leadership/Teambuilding
4:30 PM- Crew 1: Leadership/Teambuilding
4:30 PM- Crew 2: SCUBA
7:00 PM- Dinner

Tuesday, August 8

7:30 AM- Debrief
8:00 AM- Crew 1: Flight Simulation
8:00 AM- Crew 2: Skydiving
11:30 AM- Lunch
12:30 PM- Crew 1: Skydiving
12:30 PM- Crew 2: Flight Simulation
4:00 PM- Speaker: Clay Anderson
5:30 PM- Operational Procedure Dev.
7:00 PM- Dinner

Wednesday, August 9

8:00 AM- Debrief
8:30 AM- Flight Simulation, Lesson 3
9:30 AM- Flight Simulation, Lesson 4
11:30 AM- Lunch
12:30 PM- Speaker: Marshal Space Flight
1:30 PM- Mid-week goal setting
2:00 PM- Crew 1: Leadership/Teambuilding
2:00 PM- Crew 2: SCUBA
4:30 PM- Crew 1: SCUBA
4:30 PM- Crew 2: Leadership/Teambuilding
6:30 PM- C6 Intro & ISS Debrief
7:00 PM- Dinner
8:00 PM-Movie Night

Thursday, August 10

7:30 AM- Debrief
8:00 AM- Crew 1: SCUBA
8:00 AM- Crew 2: Decision Analysis
9:00 AM- Crew 2: Spacecraft Design
10:00 AM- Crew 2: SCUBA
10:00 AM- Crew 1: Decision Analysis
11:00 AM- Crew 1: Spacecraft Design
12:00 PM- Lunch
1:00 PM- Team Performance
2:00 PM- Crew 1: SCUBA
2:00 PM- Crew 2: C6 ISS
4:30 PM- Crew 2: SCUBA
4:30 PM- Crew 1: C6 ISS
7:00 PM- Dinner

Friday, August 11

8:00 AM- SCUBA
12:00 PM- Lunch
1:00 PM- Gear pick up & drive
21:00 PM- Wilderness Preparedness – Brushy Creek

Saturday, August 12

7:00 AM- Wilderness Preparedness: Breakfast
10:30 AM- Drive to Brush Creek
11:00 AM- SCUBA nav. training
12:00 PM- Crew 1: Open Water SCUBA
12:00 PM- Crew 2: Lunch and Debrief
1:00 PM- Crew 1: Lunch and Debrief
1:00 PM- Crew 2: Open Water SCUBA
3:00 PM- Crew 1: Open Water SCUBA
3:00 PM- Crew 2: Group Activity
4:30 PM- Crew 1: Group Activity
4:30 PM- Crew 2: Open Water SCUBA
6:00 PM- Leave for Ames
7:00 PM- Dinner & free time

Sunday, August 13

8:00 AM- Drive to Brushy Creek
9:00 AM- Debrief
9:30 AM- Crew 1: Open Water SCUBA
9:30 AM- Crew 2: Group Activity
11:00 AM- Crew 1: Group Activity
11:00 AM- Crew 2: Open Water SCUBA
12:30 PM- Lunch
1:30 PM- Crew 1: Week Recap
1:30 PM- Crew 2: Open Water SCUBA
3:00 PM- Crew 1: Open Water SCUBA
3:00 PM- Crew 2: Week Recap
4:30 PM- Leave for Ames
5:30 PM- Change for Reception Dinner
6:30 PM- Final Debrief
7:00 PM- Reception Dinner