Space Security and Safety

Understanding security, technology, and policy in government and commercial space programs


With respect to courses: We aim to offer a steady roster of courses, with an eventual target of two per semester.  Some may be “regular” full-semester courses, others may be “short courses” on the model of the Spring 2019 sustainable orbital activities course.  Additional topics may include one focused on the national security and international relations aspects of orbital activity.   These may be taught be current faculty, adjunct faculty, or visiting faculty or fellows.

Requirements and Activities

Brumley Fellows in the SSS program fulfill a writing requirement each year, and faculty assist the Fellows in making available a list of appropriate journals and reviews for publication. Additional SSS activities include support for internships with Texas-based industry partners, including broader internships that may be possible during the summer.

The SSS program also funds student and coach’s participation in competitions such as the Lachs Moot Competition sponsored by the International Institute of Space Law.

Speakers and Conferences

The Space Security and Safety programs brings outstanding speakers to campus, both on a one-off basis and as part of an annual conference.

The Space Traffic Management (STM) conference will be continued as THE conference affiliated with the Strauss SSS program. This is another available platform for student scholarship and faculty-supervised research.