The Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG) presents awards to outstanding graduates in the curricula of Space Systems Operations (typically in the Fall Graduation Ceremony) and Space Systems Engineering (typically in the Winter Graduation Ceremony)
Space Systems Operations
- Space Systems Operations Award for Academic Excellence
- Admiral William Adger Moffett Space Systems Award
Space Systems Engineering
- Space Systems Engineering Award for Academic Excellence
- Astronaut Michael J. Smith, CAPT, USN, and Astronaut William C. McCool, CDR, USN Astronautics Award
A graduate thesis is a requirement for all students in the Space Systems Curricula. A thesis guide has been prepared for use by Space Systems Operations and Engineering students to assist them in the research and writing of the master's thesis. It outlines the specific steps necessary to successfully complete a thesis of high quality.
A range of thesis research topics is available from the faculty of the Space Systems Academic Group.
The Space Systems Experience Tour is a two-week tour of off-site entities related to space activities (Defense, Civilian, and Commercial), followed by four-weeks dedicated to thesis research either off-site or at NPS. Typical sites include NASA/KSC, Lockheed Martin (Denver), NASA/JSC, AF Space Command, Army Space and Missile Defense Command, and sites in the Washington, D.C. area, including NRO, DARPA, NRL, and NSA. The Experience Tour occurs in the Winter Quarter of the 2nd year of study.