The Spaceflight Operations Workshop takes place each August and is open to various undergraduate students at Iowa State and other institutions and to educators.
The 2020 workshop is scheduled for August 4-16.
The deadline to register for the 2020 Workshop has been extended to March 23.
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 Clayton Anderson, along with Iowa State University, has created the week-long Spaceflight Operations Workshop, which will challenge the way students think. Departing from the typical classroom college experience, students will participate in hands-on activities to learn planning, execution, and teamwork. Get an overview of what the Workshop is all about in this video hosted by workshop developer and coordinator Clayton Anderson:
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
Participants will also take part in classroom activities covering topics such as:
- Leadership and Team Development
- Operations Development
- Pilot Performance
- Spacecraft Control Panel Design
- Payload and Science Operations
Spaceflight Operations Workshop Photos