Launch into an exciting new career

MSU Denver’s Aviation and Aerospace training in the Introduction to Space Flight Operations self-paced online course offers students an opportunity to delve into the field of spaceflight operations and aerospace science. With unrivaled resources, distinguished faculty, and close relationships with aerospace companies, MSU Denver has one of the country’s largest and most sophisticated programs in the country. The aerospace industry in Colorado continues to grow and is currently the second-largest aerospace economy in the U.S. The state expects to see 16,000 related job positions in 2025.

The term Spaceflight Operations, or air and space operations, refers to the activities and tasks involved in planning, managing, and executing missions or activities in outer space. These operations include tasks like launching spacecraft, understanding orbital mechanics and maneuvering strategies, conducting experiments, communicating with the spacecraft, ensuring crew safety, and crew safety. It encompasses everything needed to make space missions successful, from mission planning to execution and monitoring.

Introduction to Space Flight Operations opens a door into one of the most innovative non-engineering fields in the aerospace and spaceflight industries. The course is designed to prepare you to work in public and private spaceflight industries. You will learn skills in space policy, aerospace operations, regulations, safety, management, and planning.

With its flexible 8-week online format, this course allows you to learn at your own pace from an industry expert. As the demand for professionals in spaceflight operations and aerospace science continues to rise, you’ll gain essential skills to bolster your resume and succeed in the aerospace field at MSU Denver.

Flexible schedule

Course is 8 weeks long, entirely online, and self-paced.

Career advisement

Receive a personal advising session with an industry leader.

High job demand

You will enhance your resume with critical skills.

Career Pathways for Space Flight Operations

Approximate return on investment for each academic pathway

Introduction to Space Flight Operations ROI Graphic

Pathway 1: Enter the workforce quickly. Complete the Space Flight Operations course and immediately enter the workforce with some experience with job titles like Technical Specialist, Space Orbital Analyst, Flights Coordinator, Flight Inspector, Flight Planning Coordinator, and Material Specialist.

  • Median salary is $35,000 year

Pathway 2: Continue your academic journey and earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Space Commercialization or Spacecraft Flight Operations

  • Median salary is $50,000 a year

Pathway 3: Continue your academic journey in Spaceflight Operations and earn a degree in Aviation and Aerospace Science or Aviation and Aerospace Management, which will allow you to increase your earning potential. You can find spaceflight industry positions like Aircraft Program/ Project Manager, Senior Systems Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Control Analyst, Aviation Project Management, Aerospace Researcher, and Aviation Quality Director.

  • Median salary is $80,000 a year

Take the course to upskill your resume to advance in your career or discover a new passion.

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Denver, CO 80217-3362