TX-951 AFJROTC COURSE SYLLABUS
AEROSPACE SCIENCE III
EXPLORING SPACE: THE HIGH FRONTIER
Instructors: SASI, Lt Col Gregory A. Overby, USAF (Ret.); ASI, MSgt George H.
Koffler, USAF (Ret.); ASI, MSgt Jimmy F. Twine, USAF (Ret.)
Course Description: The course provides a scientific approach to our Sun, Earth, Moon,
Terrestrial/Outer Planets, Dwarf Planets, Comets and Asteroids. It covers the latest
advances in space technology, along with the continuing challenges of space and manned
space flight. The manned space flight section covers major milestones in the endeavor to
land on the Moon, and to safely orbit humans and crafts in space for temporary and
prolonged periods. It also provides an historical look at the Russian/Soviet Manned
Space Program and the challenges the U.S. faced in maintaining a front runner position
with regard to worldwide space exploration. Finally, the course outlines how we use
space in our daily lives. Enhancements for this course include a Curriculum in Action
(CIA) trip to Houston’s Johnson Space Center and the viewing of the videos October Sky
and Apollo 13. Also highlighted in this course is the opportunity for each cadet to take
part in building an “Alpha Rocket”. The Alpha Rocket phase will culminate in the
successful launch and recovery of all Alpha Rockets.
1. Know the history of astronomy and the specific characteristics of the Earth,
Moon, solar system, and the planets.
2. Comprehend the big picture of space exploration, including the history of
spaceflight, organizations doing work in space, and the overall space
3. Comprehend the importance of entering space, characteristics of manned and
unmanned spaceflight, and how humans are affected during spaceflight.
4. Comprehend the key concepts for getting from the surface of the Earth into Earth
orbit and to other planets and back again.
5. Comprehend how spacecraft, rockets, and launch vehicles are designed and built.
6. Comprehend the latest advances in space technology.
1. Textbook: Aerospace Science III: Exploring Space: The High Frontier
2. Instructor Guide to Exploring Space with selected individual and group activities
3. Selected videos and video clips (October Sky, Apollo 13)
4. TX-951 Cadet Guide
1. Cadets will read assigned chapters and accomplish all individual/group activities
as assigned by the SASI or ASI.
2. Cadets will prepare for announced chapter tests. Tests will be either Open Book
or Closed Book.
3. Cadets will prepare and submit essays corresponding to textbook chapters and
4. Cadets will adhere to uniform wear requirements by wearing the AF issued
uniform on Uniform Day.
Grading: The Aerospace Science (AS Space) portion of the course counts 40% of the
AFJROTC grade and will be graded by the SASI. The Leadership Education (LE)
portion counts 40% of the grade and will be graded by the ASI. Drill will be evaluated as
part of LE by the ASI and may be evaluated by the SASI. A rigorous Wellness/Physical
Training Program will make up the remaining 20% of the overall grade. The Wellness
program will consist of a solid regiment of exercises, running and team sport activities.
Cadets will take part in the following fitness tests: Texas Fitness Test, Presidential
Fitness Test, Air Force Fitness Test.
1. Major Grades 30% (Aerospace Science, Leadership, Drill &
Ceremonies Tests, Formals, Community
2. Daily Grades 25% (Aerospace Science, Leadership, Drill &
Ceremonies Homework/In-Class Activities)
3. Uniform Inspections 25%
4. Wellness/PT 20%
Total Grade: School Policy
for Progress Reports/Report
90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
75 - 79 = C
74 - 70 = D
69 and Below = F