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SSC Recently Held the Largest NSSI Space 100 In-Person Course

NSSI Educating & Inspiring

NSSI Educating & Inspiring

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Space Systems Command personnel attended the Space 100 course hosted by the Talent Management Division in collaboration with the National Security Space Institute at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, June 6-10.

Space 100 is a fundamental space education course taught at the unclassified level. The course provides an introductory education level of space systems and how they are used to support global joint military operations.

The NSSI mission is to provide the responsive and relevant professional continuing education component of Department of Defense space professional development. Mark Mitchell, director of digital learning strategy, was one of the on-site course instructors. “We typically teach Space 100 four times a year at LAAFB,” Mitchell said.

There were 43 students enrolled in the increasingly popular course. “I was on the waitlist for Space 100,” said Marissa Bazeley, budget analyst supporting the Mobile User Objective System program. “A co-worker who attended a previous course encouraged me to sign up, as I’m always interested in expanding my knowledge on space systems.”

Capt. David Kim, a test manager for Next Gen Missile Warning, was also on the waitlist and felt fortunate to get a seat in the course. “I wanted to attend to get a basic understanding of space fundamentals and a better understanding of the capabilities provided by the Space Force,” Kim said.

Students learn scientific concepts and terminology associated with space operations, the principles of operating in space and how those principles influence space mission design.
“I appreciated learning about the different orbits and why satellites operate in specific orbits,” said Kim. “Understanding the factors and challenges one has to consider to operate in a space environment is critical.”

The following Air Force Specialty Codes have Space 100 selection priority: 14N/1N-Intel (outside USSF), 15W/1W/5Z-Weather, 17D/3D/5C/5Z-Cyber, 61X, 62X, 63X, 64X, 65X – Science, Engineers, Acquisitions, Contracting, Finance, 2M0-Space_Missile Maintenance/5Z, 9S1-Scientific App Specialist/5Z, applicable government civilian equivalents, coordinated select allied nations, and those assigned by the USSF Talent Management office.

“The NSSI also offers a seven-week online version of the Space 100 course, which is instructor facilitated and presented in an asynchronous manner,” Mitchell said. “We also offer the course four times a year in-residence at the NSSI in the same format as the LAAFB class.”

Space 100 is a prerequisite for Space 200, which is a mid-career course for space professional education. It builds on foundational knowledge with an emphasis on two major areas: space systems development and space power.

“After attending the course, I feel that my knowledge base on space has grown immensely.” Bazeley said. “I have only worked on SATCOM programs, so having the ability to learn about the other space systems opened my eyes to different capabilities SSC provides.”
The instructors aim to make the experience both educational and entertaining, including space trivia games throughout the week. “I also enjoyed learning about the history of space and critical moments that have impacted the work we do at SSC,” Bazeley said.

The next Space 100 course at LAAFB will be during August 1-5. To learn more about the NSSI courses visit: