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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.  

Another feature of the program will be to bring outstanding speakers to campus, both on a one-off basis and as part of an annual conference.  This helps keep SSS issues visible to students, while also making the UT program visible to the space sector.  This effort, labeled the Strauss Space Security and Safety Seminar Series (“6S,” which sounds like success), may also allow for exchange/visiting research opportunities. 

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. 

Brumley fellows in the SSS program will fulfill a writing requirement, and faculty will make available a list of appropriate journals and reviews for publication. While it would not be equitable to hold a student responsible for acceptance for publication as that is out of their control, it would be appropriate and useful to require scholarship that is publishable, at least in theory, and will require proof of submission to journals for review. 

Additional SSS activities may include support for internships with Texas-based industry partners, including broader internships that may be possible during the summer, too.  SSS may also support student participation in competitions such as the Lachs Moot Competition sponsored by the International Institute of Space Law.

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