A holistic approach to space sector education: A case study of a space sector course

Yaroslav Menshenin, Clement Fortin, Tatiana Podladchikova, Edward Crawley

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


This paper reflects a state-of-the-art approach to Space Sector education applied at Skoltech. Such framework is based on an holistic approach to Space sector, considering it from multiple viewpoints including some technological aspects based on technology readiness levels to business perspectives based on Porter's five forces. The approach is tested on a unique course entitled Space Sector Course held at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech). The Space Sector Course is a way to understand how value is created in global and national Space industries through consideration of Space Sector as a system that is decomposed into subsystems, each one of which plays a special role in the value chain. The students get the necessary knowledge and skills allowing them to define the Space sector's dynamics, the stakeholders, the exchanged resources and limitations. We demonstrate that the system architecture/system engineering principles can and should be applied to Space industry not only from industrial perspectives, but also from educational ones. We advocate that the proposed approach could be used in a variety of industries in order to get the answers on the questions “who are the main stakeholders in this sector?”, “how profit is achieved in this sector?”, “which resources are critical for each stakeholder and how the process of resources' exchange is organized?”, and “who are the most successful commercial actors in this sector?” This approach allows students to develop such important skills as system thinking and critical thinking.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 12 Oct 202014 Oct 2020


  • CDIO
  • Critical thinking
  • Holistic view
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Space sector education
  • Systems thinking


Dive into the research topics of 'A holistic approach to space sector education: A case study of a space sector course'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this