Faculty Profile

Dr. Wiley Larson

Phone: 719.582.0111
Email: [email protected]

Applied Space System Engineering, Kirkpatrick, Larson, Sellers, Thomas and Verma, to be published, McGraw Hill, 2009.   

Applied Project Management for Space Systems, Chesley, Larson and Menrad, to be published, McGraw Hill, 2008.   

Space Launch and Transportation Systems:  Design and Operations, Larson, Kirkpatrick, Ryan and Weyers, 2005, Military Distribution C.   

Cost-Effective Space Mission Operations, 2nd Edition, Squibb, Boden and Larson (co-authors and editors), McGraw Hill, 1996, 2006.   

Human Spaceflight: Mission Analysis and Design, Larson and Pranke (co-authors and editors), McGraw Hill, Feb 1999.   

Space Mission Analysis and Design, 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions, Larson and Wertz (co-authors and editors), Kluwer, 1990, 1992 and 1999, respectively.  (IAF Engineering Book Award Winner, 2002)   

Space Propulsion Analysis and Design, Humble, Henry and Larson (editors), McGraw Hill, 1995.   

Reducing Space Mission Cost, Wertz and Larson (co-authors and editors), Kluwer, 1996.

General Information
Dr. Wiley Larson received his doctorate from Texas A & M University in Space Systems in 1988.  He is an experienced leader and internationally-recognized author and editor in space-related development, operations, education and training.  Dr. Larson served in the Air Force as a GPS spacecraft engineer, spacecraft launch controller, flight test engineer, spacecraft program manager and associate professor of Astronautics.  He is currently contributing to US space efforts by creating an integrated set of 18+ published books detailing “how to” design, develop, launch and operate space systems.
    In addition to directing the space system engineering program at Stevens, Dr. Larson is co-author, managing editor and program director of the joint NASA and DOD Space Technology Series at the United States Air Force Academy, CO, Department of Astronautics, a position he’s held for two decades. He leads efforts of 362 international authors and editors to develop a series of books and tools for space mission analysis and design, as well as space system engineering—payloads, spacecraft, launch systems, operations and infrastructure.  

    Between 1994 and 2005, Dr. Larson co-founded and served as President of Teaching Science and Technology, Inc. (TSTI), a corporation devoted to education and training in astronautics, space systems, operations and technology.  TSTI created national and international continuing education and training programs for 37 Government and industry organizations.  The corporation delivered over 80 courses per year.  During this time Professor Larson served as Program Director for the international space system-engineering master’s program, SpaceTech, with the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands.  Dr. Larson also served as head of engineering for International Space University, Strasbourg, France, for two years.  

    Dr. Larson continues to work with NASA, European Space Agency, French Space Agency, German Space Agency and over 10 national and international corporations as consultant, educator and mentor.  He was certified as a major program manager within DOD.  Dr. Larson is an active member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
Selected Publications
  1. Wertz and Larson. (1996). Reducing Space Mission Cost, Kluwer.
  2. Larson and Wentz. (1999). Space Mission Analysis and Design, 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions, Kluwer, Published in 1990, 1992 and 1999.
  3. Larson and Pranke. (1999). Human Spaceflight: Mission Analysis and Design, McGraw Hill.
  4. Squibb, Boden and Larson. (2006). Cost-Effective Space Mission Operations, 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill. IAF Engineering Book Award, 2002 Published in 1996 and in 2006.
  5. Laron, Kirkpatrick, Ryan and Weyers. (2005). Military Distribution C.
  6. Chesley, Larson and Menrad. (2008). Applied Project Management for Space Systems, McGraw Hill.
  7. Kirkpatrick, Larson, Sellers, Thomas and Verma. (2009). Applied Space Systems Engineering, McGraw Hill .
  • SYS 625 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
  • SYS 632 Designing Space Missions and Systems (Module version is SDOE 632)
  • SYS 635 Human Spaceflight
  • SYS 636 Space Launch and Transportation Systems
  • SYS 637 Cost-Effective Space Mission Operations
  • SYS 638 Crew Exploration Vehicle Design