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  • International Space Station SPHERES Integrated Research Experiments (InSPIRE)

    The International Space Station (ISS) SPHERES Integrated Research Experiments (InSPIRE) program will leverage the human presence in space for rapid, iterative experimentation and design of space capabilities, and provide the next generation of scientists and engineers with exposure and experience in carrying out meaningful space experimentation economically and over reasonable time scales.

    The International Space Station (ISS) SPHERES Integrated Research Experiments (InSPIRE) program will leverage the human presence in space for rapid, iterative experimentation and design of space capabilities, and provide the next generation of scientists and engineers with exposure and experience in carrying out meaningful space experimentation economically and over reasonable time scales. The goal of InSPIRE is to design and prototype the next generation of Synchronized Position, Hold, Engage, and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) satellites for use inside or outside the ISS as well as develop a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach program to promulgate a DARPA SPHERES Challenge competition among high schools across the United States. The InSPIRE program will use the DARPA-sponsored Synchronized Position, Hold, Engage, and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) platform, which has flown onboard the International Space Station (ISS) since May 2006, to perform a series of multi-body formation flight experiments that necessitate a medium-duration zero-gravity environment.

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