Discovery LearningCU-Boulder University of Colorado at Boulder
Discovery Learning Program CU College of Engineering

The Colorado Space Grant Consortium is a state-wide program and is part of a national program funded by NASA. The Colorado Space Grant Consortium consists of 15 higher education institutions and one foundation. COSGC is headquartered in Boulder. We offer our students fellowships, scholarships or course credit. Through hands-on space programs, we engage over 1,000 students each year providing them with experiences that will aid them in their future academic courses and careers. Projects engage students from multiple disciplines and all levels of experience, challenging first-year to PhD students. Engineers and scientists from many government and industry labs provide real-world mentorship.

current projects

RocketSat ― RocketSat V’s purpose is to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working as an engineering team. The team collected atmosphere in a long section of tubing as the rocket fell back to Earth. The data collected will help understand climate change.

Gateway to Space ― Students learn the basics of atmospheric and space sciences, space exploration, spacecraft design, rocketry, and orbits. Students work together in teams to design, build, and launch a mini-satellite on a high altitude balloon.

CubeSat ― A CubeSat is a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm cubed satellite.
Space Grant’s first CubeSat is called Hermes. Hermes will test a high speed communications system which will enable higher data downlink rates on future small low Earth orbit satellites.

High Altitude Student Platform ― The High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) flight program flies once a year under a balloon the size of the Pepsi Center. HASP provides students with an opportunity to conduct experiments in a near-space environment during nighttime and daytime conditions for over 24 hours, suspended from NASA’s zero-pressure, high altitude balloon. Previous COSGC experiments have helped to prove the viability of high altitude balloons as an affordable and responsive platform for astronomical studies.


The Drag and Atmospheric Neutral Density Explorer (DANDE) is a 50cm diameter satellite. It is designed to measure winds, drag, and density of the Thermosphere all at the same time. DANDE won a flight opportunity in AFOSR’s National University Nanosatellite Competition.

"I can say without hesitation that the hands-on experience of Space Grant was absolutely the best part of my undergraduate education. During interviews at grad schools and for jobs, I had several people tell me that I had more experience coming out of school than some people have after years in industry.”

―Jennifer Rocca, Senior Flight Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (and CU engineering alumna)


Brian Sanders