About Us - History

Congress initiated the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program with the passage on October 30, 1987, of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Act. The Act - Public Law 100-147 - included such objectives as assuring the vitality of the Nation and the quality of life through the understanding, assessment, development and utilization of space resources.

NASA selected the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) in 1989. The COSGC is headquartered at the University of Colorado at Boulder and consists of 21 Colorado colleges and universities and one foundation.

Since 1989, over 6,00 students have been directly involved in authentic, NASA-aligned, hands-on missions and projects. Our students have designed and flown  three sounding rockets (CSOAR, CSHARP, HOMER), three Space Shuttle payloads (ESCAPE, ESCAPE-II, and DATA-CHASER), five orbiting satellites (3CornerSat, Hermes, ALL-STAR, DANDE, and PolarCube), 19 sounding rocket payloads, 12 long-duration high altitude balloon payloads, and over 550 short-duration high altitude balloon payloads.  Students also engage in various Earth-based projects including: autonomous robotics, wearable technology, telescope observing research, high powered rocketry, NASA & Industry Challenges, Crysophere research, and other faculty-led, space-focused research projects.  Through the COSGC EduSourcing program, students work directly with industry engineers and scientists on cutting-edge technology development and other research projects.  Many of these students are now working for NASA and the industry that supports NASA. 

COSGC is always looking for new programs and new partnerships with industry, government labs, and academia to create new opportunities for our students.