Basic Space Operations Course

The Basic Space Operations Course (BSOC) is a self-enrolling, computer based course hosted on the Distance Learning Network – the DLN.  It provides the basics of space history, concepts and terminology associated with a wide variety of space systems. 

Course outline

The BSOC is a 40-60 hour Distance Learning course presented in an interactive, HTML (Hyper-Text Markup Language) format. Students learn the fundamentals of space and its application in operations via the course’s 19 modules:

  • Space History
  • Space Law
  • Space Policy
  • Space Control
  • Canadian Space Organizations
  • US Space Organizations
  • Space Environment
  • Orbital Mechanics
  • Satellite Design
  • Space Lift Constraints
  • Space Lift Countries
  • Satellite Command and Control
  • Space Surveillance Network
  • Satellite Communications
  • Remote Sensing
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Search and Rescue Satellite (SARSAT)
  • Space Weather Satellites
  • Missile Warning

Course capacity and rank

There is no limit to the number of students that can be registered at any one time and is available to all elements, military occupations and ranks.

Course prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to this course and is open to applicants from all occupations from foreign nations. Candidates should have strong communication skills (both written and verbal) in English.

Course duration and frequency

The course running on the DLN platform is open throughout the year for self-enrolment.  Students have 90 days to complete the material and the one final, 50 multiple choice test to earn credit.  Note; this course is the prerequisite for the Space Operations Course (code: AJBW 121908).  


The BSOC staff are located at 17 Wing, at the RCAF W/C William G. Barker VC Aerospace College in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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