Public Lectures

The INSPIRE SmallSat Program: Bringing together a global space university consortium

Published on October 19, 2021

Speaker:Amal Chandran
Date:Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021
Location:Zoom (Video on this lecture's webpage)

Seminar Abstract:

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Since its inception in 2015, the International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE) has grown into a global consortium of 12 universities from all over the world. Originally stemming out of a graduate-level class at CU Boulder, the program places the LASP model of involving students in every aspect of a spacecraft program onto a global stage.

INSPIRE includes seven SmallSat missions. The program’s flagship, INSPIRESat-1, was built at LASP and delivered to the Indian Space Research Organization for an upcoming launch this November. Two additional spacecraft are already in orbit: INSPIRESat-2 and INSPIREsat-5.

In this talk, INSPIRE Program Manager Amal Chandran will discuss the program’s novel concept, the innovative, hands-on training methods for student spacecraft development, and the upcoming launch of INSPIRESat-1. He will share the future direction of the program as well as the effort to make Boulder Colorado a global hub for space education.