2024 Space Exploration Program

​Griffith University’s prestigious STEM Program about Space Exploration (SPASE 2.0), now in its second iteration, elevates our students’ scientific prowess to new heights. In an Australian-first, students from Clairvaux MacKillop College and selected secondary colleges across South-East Queensland will work with the space industry’s brightest to build and launch a satellite into space, as part of a unique educational program. Clairvaux MacKillop College students will work collaboratively with industry professionals from Griffith University and Gilmour Space Technologies, designing all aspects of a 3-unit satellite that will be launched into Lower Earth Orbit (LEO).

The recent program’s launch day involved introductions, networking, resilience training and a tour of the SPASE laboratory, where we saw a large satellite that will be launched into Lower Earth Orbit next month.

Principal Mr Wayne Chapman says the opportunity is inspiring.

 “The SPASE Mission is designed to give students a real-world experience in the 21st century aerospace industry, whilst also learning in a hands-on way how STEM theory can be applied to real outcomes in growing STEM fields.

“This is a wonderful program for our students involved. As an educator, it is so enjoyable to see our learners absolutely inspired by this opportunity. They are excited about it and by the way it has lit up their thoughts regarding future career aspirations." Mr Chapman said.​

With the program’s extension to develop a larger satellite in 2024 the possibilities for exploration and discovery are limitless! ​

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