The Master Course STS consists of a one-year course, which accepts participants already holding a Master Degree in Space Engineering or in a related discipline. At the successful completion of the course, the trainees will obtain 60 ECTS, and the Second Level Master Degree in Space Transportation Systems. The Master involves three phases: a first phase consisting of frontal lectures held in Rome, a second phase (the Intensive Programme) held at the most important European Research Centers and a third phase consisting of internships at the most important European Space Industries.

Phase 1: the frontal lectures will be held by the most renown Universities and Industries in the field of Space Transportation Systems. The topics covered during the frontal lectures will be: Overview of Launcher System; Mission Analysis; Ground Segment; Launcher Design; Solid Rocket Motors; Liquid Rocket Engine Thrust Chambers; Combustion and Combustors; Rocket Nozzles; Pump-fed Systems; Launcher Aero-thermo-dynamics; Reentry Vehicle Aero-thermodynamics; Structures; Launcher System Management; Space Program Management; Industrial Role in Solar System Exploration Program; Combustion Testing in Rocket Thrust Chamber; Launcher Dynamics; Shocks and Vibrations; Quality, Certification and Cost Management.

The lectures are organized in weekly modules of 3 ECTS each, thus allowing the partners Universities to include individual modules in their curricula.

Phase 2: The Intensive Programme for learners in Space Transportation Systems consists of experimental activities at the most important European Research Centers, such as CIRA in Capua (Naples, Italy) for LRE in the HyProb project; CNES and Ecole Superieure des Mines (Paris, France) for Guidance Navigation and Control and Avionics; Von Karman Institute (Brussles, Belgium) for Aerothermodynamics, CFD and Tribology; Lab/Center (Barcelona, Spain) for tanks and sloshing problems. During the Intensive Programme, the students will have the opportunity to experience studying and working in an international context, and to become acquainted with the capabilities of the hosting Space Centers.

Phase 3: The paid internships will take place at several entities active in the field of Space Transportation Systems such as: Italian Companies (Aerosekur, AVIO, Carlo Gavazzi Space, ELV, Thales Alenia Space, Vitrociset); European Companies (Astrium, OHB) and Research Institutes (CNES, ONERA, CIRA); the Italian and the European Space Agency (ASI and ESA-ESTEC).