Fields of Study

Space

 

Embry-Riddle Advantage

In the coming years, all aspects of the study of space will undergo astronomical changes as space tourism is introduced and exploration continues. With this comes the need for a new generation of space professionals.

Embry-Riddle’s storied history in flight education positioned it to become a pioneering institution for the study of space-related endeavors. It attracts faculty and students who share a passion for not only aviation but for its younger counterpart — aerospace. Embry-Riddle offers space-related degree programs that include Astronomy and Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Commercial Space Operations. Because Embry-Riddle is a community of students and faculty bound by its focus and shared passions, students benefit from building relationships with fellow students, faculty, industrial professionals, and from alliances with organizations and companies including NASA, United Space Alliance, SpaceX, The Boeing Company, Honeywell, Virgin Galactic, and more.

Space

All students in space-related programs enjoy many opportunities for hands-on learning, research, internships, and access to technologically advanced facilities and equipment. Those students who wish to immerse themselves further in space studies can do so by joining any of Embry-Riddle’s many groups and organizations dedicated to their passions. You will be invited to explore the Mars Society, Society of Physics Students, and the American Astronomical Society.

Our graduates are in demand, and we boast an extremely high hire rate.

Degrees & Programs

Are you seeking a degree to help you transition into a new role or launch your space career? To put you on an upward trajectory, Embry-Riddle offers a full complement of space-related degrees at all levels.

Through your studies, you’ll gain hands-on experience and real-world applications, learning from faculty who are subject matter experts.

Start on your own path toward expertise by exploring our degree program offerings.

Professional Education

Embry-Riddle offers a range of continued education programs, corporate training, seminars, and workshops for individuals and organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry. For more information about these specialized professional development courses, visit Professional Education

Career Outlook

Teaching future astronauts and space enthusiasts, planning a space mission, ensuring space flight safety, working in mission operations, establishing policy related to the commercialization of space — whichever space career path you choose, a degree from ERAU can help you achieve your goals.

As space tourism gains popularity, so will the demand for space professionals — whether working in operations, safety, education, or pure science.

The overall employment rate for Astronomy and Astrophysics degree holders is 99 percent, and you can always opt for an advanced degree. Space Studies graduates emerge from Embry-Riddle versed in space policy, operations, and regulations. So no matter which program you choose, you’ll be making progress toward an exciting and fulfilling career.

Overall employment rate for Astronomy and Astrophysics degree holders

Spotlights

Research

Dedicated faculty and students throughout Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, FL, Prescott, AZ, and Worldwide Campuses are engaged in a variety of ongoing space research activities.

Featured Projects

Mechanical Engineering

Robotics Redundant Manipulation and Space Robotics

The research focus of Dr. Douglas Isenberg and Dr. Iacopo Gentilini in the Robotics Laboratory revolves around the modeling and control of industrial and mobile robotics systems. In particular, our current effort is directed toward the investigation of novel optimization techniques for energy optimal trajectory generation in redundant manipulation systems, system identification procedures for robotics systems, and the design of control systems for space robots.

Aerospace Engineering

Satellite Research

Dr. Ron Madler of Aerospace Engineering spent summer 2005 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory working with a team of students on a satellite project. In 2006 he spent five months at NASA's Johnson Space Center working with researchers on low orbit debris to determine if it poses a threat to spacecraft. His work also includes working with multiple student teams in the NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Commercial Space Operations

Review of International Mechanisms Legal Subcommittee

This is a Working Group of the Legal Subcommittee of United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space that is researching the many different mechanisms used by the space community to foster cooperation, including inter alia bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements, non-binding arrangements, principles, and technical guidelines. Diane Howard is participating as a subject matter expert.

Learning Environments

At Embry-Riddle, you’ll discover some of the most advanced, high-tech laboratories and facilities available to students.

Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The Daytona Beach Campus is located just 50 miles north of Kennedy Space Center and within close proximity to many of our allied contractors that are situated on Florida’s Space Coast. Not only will you benefit from our own state-of-the-art campus facilities, you may be able to take courses (dependent upon the degree program in which you enroll) at the Kennedy Space Center through the Florida Space Institute, of which Embry-Riddle is a member. Or, you can take special tours of space facilities with classes or student organizations, participate in co-ops or internships, and attend many space launches.

Arts & Sciences Observatory

Our Daytona Beach Campus features an observatory boasting Florida’s largest university-based telescope, a 1-meter Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope. Equipped with high-efficiency detectors, this telescope collects sufficient light to enable excellent visibility — even with the night lights of Daytona Beach. The College of Arts and Sciences also houses a helioscope for observing solar phenomena. You’ll also find high-tech labs like the Space Physics Research Lab and the Astrophysics Control Lab here.

Prescott Observatory

Situated at mile-high altitude and with an abundance of clear skies, our Prescott Campus is home to the Campus Observatory Complex, where students can observe the cosmos. The campus also houses a Cosmic Ray Laboratory, Propulsion Laboratory, and Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

FOS-SPACE

Embry-Riddle Worldwide operates more than 150 campus locations worldwide and delivers a quality academic experience with world-class faculty educators with hands-on industry experience in our three academic colleges and our Online Campus. Flexible scheduling and locations close to home are specifically suited for busy working professionals, active-duty military and veterans, and students with families. EagleVision, a virtual classroom, combines the power of Web video conferencing and learning management system software to maximize the benefits of synchronous and asynchronous virtual learning environments.