"Ireland is about to become an independent spacefaring country. UCD is designing, building and testing a research satellite to detect gamma-ray bursts, evaluate advanced materials, and demonstrate a new method of spacecraft control.
EIRSAT-1 is the first spacecraft to be developed in Ireland. It will be delivered to the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2020.
EIRSAT-1 will position UCD and Ireland to take a leading role in international space missions, support growth of the Irish space industry, deliver highly skilled graduates into the workforce and continue to inspire school children in STEM subjects. The project has been presented to media outlets, to primary and secondary schools, to senior ESA and NASA management, and to government."