eSPACE VENTURE DESIGN
The eSpace Venture Design program is a collaboration between eSpace and the University of Colorado’s Aerospace Engineering Sciences department in which eSpace provides funding for faculty/student research in hands-on design projects. Our goal for this program is twofold:
 To provide an extraordinary hands-on learning experience for students by developing an aerospace technology, in the laboratory, with an eye toward developing products with commercial potential; and
 To use the design project to create a commercially viable technology, with the business elements of the technology (business plan, developing market need, developing capabilities to meet that need) forwarded concurrently with the design project. The ultimate objective of the Venture Design program is to transition the project to the eSpace incubator.
The design program is coordinated at CU by faculty member Joe Tanner, former NASA astronaut and veteran of four space shuttle flights and seven spacewalks.
Venture Design Programs:
Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment (CCSWE)
This project involves the development and fabrication of a prototype Cubesat (nanosatellite), small enough to be held in the hand, but incorporating an electron/proton telescope and an instrument to measure extreme ultraviolet light (UEV) emissions. If successful, a constellation of these small satellites could help provide information necessary to predict (space weather) and help forecast when disruptions to GPS, earth-based communication and spacecraft might occur as a result of solar activity.
Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment (CSSWE):
Design a nano-satellite small enough to be held in the hand that can help forecast “space weather,” thereby helping to predict how solar storms will impact earths magnetic field and earth-based communication and GPS accuracy.
Mini Jet Engine for UAV’s:
Design and build a small jet engine that can be held in the hand, yet has 50 lbs of thrust and can power small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s).
SmartSondes for Atmospheric Testing:
Design and build an instrument package that can be delivered by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to dangerous atmospheric events such as pre-tornadic storms and wildfires, to provide atmospheric data vital to understanding and predicting the evolution of these events.
LIDAR Wind-Temperature Aerosol Sensor:
This projects develops an airborne or space borne laser ranging system for the simultaneous measurement of wind, temperature, and aerosols content of the atmosphere with high resolution and long duration.
CU Lunar Lander Design:
This project involves development of a trade space analysis methodology based on functional decomposition that is intended to identify and mitigate risk during the conceptual phase of a complex spacecraft system design.
HYPERION BLENDED WING BODY:
The Hyperion BWB aircraft is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system that utilizes the latest in aircraft design, aerodynamic efficiency, hybrid power, fuel efficiency, fly-by-wire controls, and improved acoustics.
HYBRID SOUNDING ROCKET:
The goal of the HySoR project is to build a reliable, safe, inexpensive and easily launched sounding rocket for meteorological applications.