i-INSPIRE stands for initial Integrated Spectrograph Imaging and Radiation Explorer. Through leadership and expertise from the University of Sydney, it will demonstrate satellite capability, novel instrumentation and global radiation, space weather and spectrograph radiation testing.
Led by Professor Iver Cairns (Space Physics), Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn (Astrophotonics, SIfA) and Dr Xiaofeng Wu (AMME), the i-INSPIRE team includes early career academics, graduate and undergraduate students, and I.T. experts with space experience. The team intend i-INSPIRE to be the first satellite designed and built entirely by staff and students within an Australian University.
A team lead by Professor Iver Cairns from the School of Physics has successfully launched a test satellite payload on a weather balloon.