Columbia Space Initiative

Beyond Earth.

The Columbia Space Initiative is a group of students and professors dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in near-space, space, and beyond.

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This is Rocket Science Podcast

Biweekly podcast produced by Henry Manelski and David Tibbits, delivers fun and casual conversations about space exploration. Guest stars include former NASA astronaut Prof. Mike Massimino and extrasolar planets researcher Prof. David Kipping. Whether you're interested in commercial space flight (eg. Blue Origin, SpaceX), asteroid mining, NASA missions or dark matter, there's something for you. Tune in on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Anchor.

Join a Mission

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High Altitude Balloons

Near the edge of space.

We send cameras, experiments, and other payloads to new heights.

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Zero-G Research Division

To Infinity and Beyond

We are sending scientific payloads into outer space.

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Orbiting the Earth.

Our mission is to place the first satellite designed by Columbia undergraduates into low Earth orbit.

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Sharp Edge Detection on the ISS

The Micro-g team is designing a device to detect and remove sharp edges on the ISS handrails

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NASA Robotics Challenge

Are you up for the challenge?

We are competing in NASA's Space Robotics Challenge – Phase 2.

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Outreach & Operations

Connecting with space communities

Inspiring the next generation of space travellers

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Designing humankind's mission to new destinations in our solar system.

RASC-AL is a university-level competition sponsored by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) to design mission architectures for future crewed missions in space that incorporate innovative technology and commercial cooperation.

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Our team is escaping the Earth’s surface without aid from NASA or helium. Just good, old-fashioned rocket fuel!

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Studying Bacterial Resistance on the ISS

We are designing an ISS payload experiment to study antibiotic resistance in space.

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Wearable Augmented Reality for Space Suits

NASA SUITS (Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students) challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality (AR) environments.