Professor Klaus is involved in activities that span various engineering, science and operational aspects pertaining to human spaceflight. He has established a novel academic focus area in this field termed Bioastronautics - the study and support of life in space. His research interests include the conceptual design and evaluation of space habitats, assessment of advanced spacesuit and spacecraft life support system technologies, space systems risk analysis, and gravitational microbiology. Klaus is a faculty affiliate with BioServe Space Technologies, a Research Center focused on carrying out spaceflight biotechnology experiments. He continues as the lead CU PI for the FAA Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE CST) and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center. Professor Klaus also became the Deputy Director for a new NASA SmartHab Space Technology Research Institute led by UC Davis beginning in 2019.
ASEN 2004 - Aerospace 4: Aerospace Vehicle Design and Performance
Introduction to design and analysis of aircraft and spacecraft. Aircraft topics include cruise performance, wing design, propulsion, stability, control, and structures. Spacecraft topics includerocket staging, orbit selection, launch systems, and spacecraft subsystems. Includes laboratory experiments and team design exercises. Offered spring only.
ASEN 5016 - Space Life Sciences
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Familiarizes students with factors affecting living organisms in the reduced-gravity environment of space flight. Covers basic life support requirements, human physiological adaptations, and cellular-level gravity dependent processes with emphasis on technical writing and research proposal preparation.
ASEN 5158 - Space Habitat Design
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Utilizes systems engineering methods for designing a spacecraft intended for human occupancy and provides a working knowledge of the technologies used to sustain life. Emphasis is placed on deriving functional requirements from stated mission objectives, developing integrated vehicle schematics, and comparing design options by trade study.