inspireFly Contentcube

Donate today to benefit the inspireFly ContentCube mission!

From cave paintings of constellations to high-resolution photos on Instagram, we’ve always been captivated by outer space and our potential to explore the unknown. Whether it’s professional modeling or family photos at Disney World, in today’s world of self-documentation, people across the globe are pushing boundaries and publishing their experiences; however, very few have even come close to personalizing an adventure in space.

Unfortunately, access to space comes at a high cost, and even higher barrier of entry. Missions are expensive, and many current technologies are controlled by engineers, scientists, corporations, and government agencies. Our solution? ContentCube

As winner of the SEDS SAT-II competition, ContentCube is bringing novel technology applications to the space and personal media industries through its innovative payload. The CubeSat will be equipped with the first ever external display screen that will be exposed to the space environment. A slideshow of images will be circulated on the screen throughout the CubeSat’s projected lifetime (roughly one year) and will be photographed from a camera attached to ContentCube’s extendable solar array. These pictures will be uplinked and downlinked from the Virginia Tech Ground Station, where the inspireFly team will perform health inspections specifically focused on screen deterioration, damage, and image visibility.

The inspireFly team is driven by its core belief of promoting diversity and inclusion in all fields of study, including working with talent from a spectrum of ethnic, sexual, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds; the team is 20% female with over 54% minority representation. The fully-undergraduate team exhibits a 55-45 engineering to non-engineering ratio, and includes a variety of majors:

- Virginia Tech College of Engineering: Aerospace, Mechanical, Computer Science, Electrical, Industrial, and Materials Science.

- Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business:  Business Information Technology, Finance & Business Law, and Management & Marketing.

The inspireFly team has set a goal for our friends and family of $10,000 by May 2020. Your donation will allow our team to purchase materials, software, test devices and components for our satellite. Though our launch to space is covered by NanoRacks Inc, our undergraduate team will need to secure funding for the entirety of ContentCube's development. 

Here is a brief list of donation benefits:

- For $100 or more, donors can send their own picture of choice to be priority displayed on our satellite!

- For $200 or more, donors will also be listed in reports, public events, social media, and other inspireFly publications as Crowd-Funding Stars!

We would like to thank our initial sponsors, the Student Engineers Council at VT and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, for getting us to this phase. We would also like to thank the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS-USA), Astranis, and NanoRacks for hosting the SEDS SAT-II competition. Having selected us as the winning team, we will be working diligently over the coming semesters to build our satellite!

Contact us at inspireflycc@gmail.com with any questions, and donate today!

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