International Satellite Program in Research and Education

Advancing space science internationally

The International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE) is a consortium of global space universities formed to advance space science and engineering, spearheaded by CU Boulder-­LASP. Each INSPIRE small satellite will proceed from concept to flight in three years, providing the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate student involvement in small-­satellite design, building, testing, and operations. INSPIRE brings science, engineering, and management to campuses across the globe. The INSPIRE program aims to provide a constellation of Earth and space weather-­observing satellites. The program is sponsoring 7 different INSPIRESats.

Mission Class:


Mission Status:


LASP Roles:

Research, Instruments, Data, Lead Institute

Mission Focus:

Earth's Atmosphere, Ionosphere, Magnetosphere, Mesosphere, Space Weather, Thermosphere

Primary Mission Site:

Students from the partner universities after integrating INSPIRESat-1 onto the launch vehicle

Launch Date:
INSPIRESat-1: February 2022
INSPIRESat-3: Late 2023
INSPIRESat-5: January 2021
INSPIRESat-7: April 2023

Lead Institution: LASP

Partners: The University of Colorado Boulder, The University of Iowa, University of Alberta Canada, University of Versailles France, Sultan Qaboos University at Muscat in Oman, The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, The National Central University Taiwan, Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan, Research Centre Jülich at the Wuppertal University in Germany