Category: Undergraduate Innovation

Sarah and Patrick posing with the deployment subsystem after attachment to NASA's gondola.

Notre Dame’s IrishSat passes high-altitude NASA test in New Mexico desert

IrishSat’s payload guidance and recovery system, Iris, was one of two undergraduate projects selected by NASA for a test flight aboard its balloon-borne astronomical observatory. On August 19, Iris ascended 120,000 feet above the New Mexico desert — a milestone in the development of IrishSat's …

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Notre Dame IrishSat high-altitude balloon selected as finalist for NASA challenge

IrishSat's high-altitude balloon project, IRIS v3, was just selected by NASA as one of six finalists in the NASA FLOATing DRAGON design competition! Teams compete to design a system that can deploy a node from 120,000 feet and autonomously steer it to a safe waypoint on the ground. Notre …

IrishSAT students prepping to release the inflated balloon

Following the sun: IrishSat launches IRIS 2.0 to collect solar data

Notre Dame’s new satellite club IrishSat launched this year's high-altitude balloon, IRIS 2.0, into the cloudless, blue sky above White Field near campus. The club, which was established last year, will use launch data to apply for membership in NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). CSLI …