Student Satellite Opportunity

Take part in an international satellite mission with the INSPIRE project!

25 November 2019

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The International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE) is a global student-based satellite program with participants from nine different countries. The team is designing, building and launching a microsatellite fleet destined for low earth (LEO) orbit. Each summer, the team travels to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder for an intensive 2-month workshop to collaborate on the design, test, integration and assembly of subsystems.

The University of Alberta's contribution to the INSPIRE program is our Digital Fluxgate Magnetometer payload, which achieved flight heritage on our very own Ex-Alta 1 CubeSat. The DFGM will be flying on INSPIRESat-3 and -4, which are in their detailed design phase.

Three selected students will spend two months (June and July 2020 (exact dates TBC)) at the University of Colorado Boulder, gaining hands-on experience in nanosatellite and payload instrument design, integration and test and system engineering. The selected students will become a part of the INSPIRESat team and will have the opportunity to continue working on the satellites until their launch in 2022.

All science and engineering students are welcome to apply!  To apply please send your resume, an up-to-date, unofficial transcript from Bear Tracks, and a one page essay to addressing the following points:

  • How the INSPIRE experience aligns with you career ambitions in space
  • Related projects & experience which will enable you to contribute to the INSPIRE team
  • Demonstrated teamwork, independence, judgement and initiative
  • Communication skills, ability to represent the University, compliance with application requirements

For more information, please attend our upcoming information session in the 2nd floor of the STUDENT INNOVATION CENTRE (CCIS) at 11:00–12:00 on MONDAY 03 DECEMBER 2019. Applications will be due FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2020 at 23:59 MST. In the meantime, students can review an INSPIRE program summary and INSPIRE organizational structure and INSPIRESat-1 background. Additional questions prior to the info session can be sent to