Project Highlight

Team Colorado 2017 Eclipse Project

The Colorado Eclipse team is flying a core payload via high altitude ballon to capture and transmit live video and pictures of the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21 2017.

Student Highlight

Joaquin Castillo


Joaquin Castillo is a mechanical engineering sophomore at CU Boulder. He is the structures team lead for the PolarCube cubesat mission.



Soft-shell structures have flexible exteriors that can be expanded once in orbit; their capability of being stored in a compact form optimizes volume while minimizing mass. Current expandable soft-shell structures tend to be single use and are not capable of folding back into the organized and space-efficient form in which they were initially launched. This could be made possible by folding the structure using an origami technique called Miura. Project Miura will controllably extend, sustain, and retract a soft-shell structure multiple times while recording and monitoring the process in order to assess the viability of reusable, collapsible structures for space flight. Similar techniques could be adapted for cost-efficient spacecraft habitats or antennas. HASP affords Miura the opportunity to test the soft-shell structure’s integrity and durability in a harsh, near-space environment. The Miura team will will be made up of undergraduate engineering students, including the project manager, systems engineers, and team leads, with a faculty member from the Colorado Space Grant Consortium.



Our Team

Project Manager: Dawson Beatty

Systems Engineers: Alex Paquin and Andrew Pfefer

Team Leads:Nick Bearns, Anastasia Muszynski, Lucas Zardini, Micah Zhang

Members: Courtney Kelsey, Rhett Crismon, Mary Rahjes, Melanie Smith, Adam Farmer, Brendan Lutes, Jacob Jeffries, Sean Fearon



Our Sponsors


Engineering Excellence Fund

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 



Our Mentors:


Haleigh Flaherty from the HELIOS V team

Alex St. Clair and Jack Dinkel from the PolarCube team

Ross Kloetzel from the HELIOS V team


Welcome to the Colorado Space Grant Consortium

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The COSGC is funded by NASA and is a state-wide organization involving 21 colleges, universities and institutions around Colorado. Our organization provides Colorado students access to space through innovative courses, real-world hands-on telescope and satellite programs, and interactive outreach programs.

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Colorado Space Grant Consortium
University of Colorado at Boulder
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