Center for Research in Space Technologies (CREST)


The USC Center for Research in Space Technologies (CREST) is a multi-disciplinary collaboration that accelerates civil and commercial uses of space resources. 

USC Rocket
Propulsion Lab

USCRPL was the first student organization to launch and recover their own rocket past the Von Karman line. Students will have the opportunity to push state-of-the-art advances in rocket technology across the areas of launch vehicles, avionics, recovery, payload, and flight.

Executive Education

We offer short courses in engineering, spatial sciences, and public policy for innovators, government leaders, and military personnel on topics relevant to the civil and commercial uses of space resources.

Air Force ROTC

USC Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 060 is the nation’s premier detachment for recruits interested in the United States Space Force (USSF).  With a 75-year history of excellence, this detachment has 42% female participation and 65% participation from under-represented minorities (URM). Cadets often earn internships at world-class space organizations including Aerojet Rocketdyne, Aerospace Corporation,  Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Northrop Grumman, and Relativity Space; indeed, after their summer internships they may work part-time in designing test systems for space flight hardware and related highly technical work.  Graduating cadets enter the USSF in many roles, such as as Developmental Engineers or specialists in Space Acquisition and Space Operations.