Partners and Collaborators


On this page you will find amazing organizations that we have partnered with who share a common vision of space education.


SpaceWorks Enterprises is an aerospace engineering design and systems analysis firm focusing on next-generation space systems, future technologies, human and robotic exploration of space, and emerging space markets and applications. SpaceWorks’ advanced concept design and development work helps the industry envision the impact of future technologies, understand the feasibility of proposed space missions, and enables strategic decisions regarding the future.

For the EIS project, SpaceWorks will be performing the preliminary design and optimization of the NSS Enterprise.


Terminal Velocity Aerospace (TVA) is a company dedicated to improving reentry safety and furthering the utilization of outer space. TVA offers small devices for data collection during reentry, and for safe return of small payloads from space.

TVA is working with EIS to provide engineering guidance on spacecraft design for recovery and protective heat shield materials.


Yerkes Observatory is an astronomical observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin operated by the University of Chicago Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The observatory is home to the world’s largest refracting telescope and the birthplace of modern astrophysics. It was founded in 1897 by astronomer George Ellery Hale and financed by businessman Charles T. Yerkes. It represented a shift in the thinking about observatories, from their being mere housing for telescopes and observers, to the modern concept of observation equipment integrated with laboratory space for physics and chemistry.

Yerkes Observatory and its education center will be the lead facility used for teacher professional development and student programs as well as act as an integration facility for student experiments. It is also the lead organization of the Enterprise Center for Excellence for Orbiting Space Telescopes For Earth & Space Observation.


Janet Ivey is committed to enriching the lives of children through educational content driven multi-media education and programming. Janet’s Planet is an American educational children’s television show hosted by Janet Ivey and her explorers. This dynamic and fast-paced series, which can be seen online and on public television stations nationwide, is geared to 6 – 10 year olds and focuses on science, space, history and health.

Janet also presents two live shows, “Tour of the Solar System” and “Exploring Microgravity”. These shows are 21st century theatre that encourage scientific literacy via the use of humor, theatrical antics, visual illusions, enticing graphic elements, and opportunities to join Janet on stage; students are fully engaged in the experience. Janet is proud to be one of Dr. Buzz Aldrin’s ShareScience Ambassadors and to be doing educational outreach for NASA’s New Horizons mission with what she and her team have dubbed the #DearPluto Project.

Janet is EIS’s official media Spokesperson and the initial voice and face of Ali.


Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is the only unit at the Smithsonian Institution that is solely dedicated to formal K-12 science education reform. SSEC was established in 1985 as the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) under the sponsorship of two prestigious institutions: the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, the Center’s name changed to the Smithsonian Science Education Center to reflect its mission: to transform and improve the learning and teaching of science for K-12 students. SSEC is dedicated to the establishment of effective science programs for all students. To contribute to that goal, SSEC has developed and published a comprehensive K-8, research-based science curriculum program: Science and Technology ConceptsTM (STC Elementary and Secondary); and, it supports the systemic needs of schools, districts, and states through its Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model.

EIS and SSEC plan to collaborate on two programs dedicated to space science education. The first is a mission patch design challenge and curriculum in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education to present at the National Air and Space Museum on Space day each year. The second is the development of a space science summer course for the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs) that will enrich and enhance space science education in participating educators’ classrooms.


The Zero-G Printer from Made In Space is the first 3D printer designed to operate in zero gravity. Launched into orbit on September 21, 2014, the printer was built under a joint partnership between NASA MSFC and Made In Space. Contracted as the “3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment,” this first version of the Zero-G printer has ushered in the era of off-world manufacturing.  Made in Space will be 3D printing the structural shell of the NSS Enterprise and providing engineering and management support to the EIS team.

Made In Space is excited to be apart of this great effort to engage with students from across the world through real experiments that will be flown in space on the Enterprise spacecraft.

The Enterprise In Space vehicle itself is an incredible technical challenge that will push the barriers of additive manufacturing and spacecraft design. The fully integrated vehicle will be unique and truly groundbreaking for the type of mission that is being undertaken.


Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) is a Research & Development firm founded in 1997 by former NASA/JPL engineers and scientists. GAC has been developing the Gossamer Orbit Lowering Device (GOLD), an inflatable deorbit system that can potentially offer the world the opportunity to meet orbit debris mitigation regulations at low cost and mass.

GAC is the lead organization of the EIS Orbital Debris Mitigation Center for Excellence; university students will compete by submitting to GAC their ideas and proposals on space debris mitigation and the best projects will fly to space.


Deep Space Industries (DSI) is an asteroid mining company, changing the economics of the space industry by providing the technical resources, capabilities and system integration required to prospect for harvest, process, manufacture and market in-space resources.

DSI is currently building very efficient satellite subsystems. Working with other EIS partners, they will provide low-cost (or donated for on-orbit testing) avionics and power, subcontracting communications and software. DSI is the lead organization for the Enterprise Center for Excellence for Asteroid Mining Technologies.


SPACE Canada (Solar Power Alternative for Clean Energy) is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of solar energy from space; an abundant and sustainable source of sage, affordable clean energy for the world. SPACE Canada’s mandate is to support, encourage and facilitate international dialogue on solar energy from space (via solar power satellites) through education, research and commercialization.

SPACE Canada is partnering with EIS to engage educators and students through sponsoring the Enterprise Center for Excellence for Space Solar Power and Power Beaming, that will enable participants to explore/develop ideas for space-based solar power design concepts and have committed to providing funding for the first three years.

 It is the mission of the Center of Applied Space Technology (CAST) to identify, research, and assess space technologies and support their employment to the benefit of space and marine research, exploration, and operations. CAST promotes innovative application of mature space technologies to address issues of the user community (operational, conservation, research, and academic), particularly in the disciplines associated with Maritime Awareness. They seek to foster the creation and success of “industry clusters” built around significant space technology applications, as well as encourage and support K-20 education initiatives in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) within the context of the applied space technologies.

CAST is the lead organization of the Enterprise Center for Excellence for Regenerative Medicine in Long Duration Spaceflight.


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The Canadian Space Society (CSS) is a non-profit organization pursuing the human exploration and development of the Solar System and beyond. With many of Canada’s top space professionals on board, the CSS is made up of professionals and enthusiasts engaging the public, academia, and industry advocating space activities by sponsoring and promoting technical programs, education initiatives and outreach efforts.

CSS is partnering with Enterprise in Space to engage students all around the planet and participating in the Enterprise Center for Excellence for Space Solar Power and Power Beaming.


The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is a registered not-for-profit industry organization existing to advance the economic, legal and political environment for Canadian space- focused companies. CSCA areas of interest include: The Regulatory Environment, Access to Investment Capital, Professional Education and Assistance, Canadian Space Agency Priorities, Facilities, and Building International Interest and Building International Interest.

CSCA will provide mentorship and support students by helping them commercialize their patentable ideas.


Prairie Nanotechnology‘s principle scientists collectively have over 100 years of experience with materials analysis and nanotechnology development in industry, research and education, including providing classroom kits for students.

They will be advising University teams interested in nanotechechnology experiments aboard the orbiter and may provide some samples used aboard the NSS Enterprise herself. Prairie Nanotechnology is the lead organization for the Enterprise Center for Excellence for Nanotechnology.


Ohio University strives to be the best student-centered, transformative learning community in America, where students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders! OHIO is the university that fits what you want to do and who you want to be. It’s the place where you can be yourself—and become your best self!

Ohio University is lead organization of the Enterprise Centre for Excellence for Good Governance and Space Policy & the Enterprise Centre for Excellence for Space Solar Power and Power Beaming.


The Ohio University GRID Lab (Game Research and Immersive Design Laboratory) is a research and development center for serious and educational games, simulations, computer animation and virtual reality. Located in Athens Ohio, the GRID Lab hosts the personnel, facilities and tools to support the creation of interactive digital media. The Lab has developed its own collaborative work-space called Nebula that enables multiple registered teams to share work online, consult with mentors and advisers and post high-resolution designs for final judging.


Kepler Space Institute (KSI) is dedicated to providing educational programs, research solutions, and publications to the public, industry, and governmental organizations in support of continuing Space Exploration, Commercialization, and Colonization.

Through cutting edge research, exploration and development of space resources, KSI helps facilitate the expansion of human civilization from Earth into Space, with the primary goal of benefitting humans everywhere on Earth and beyond.


3D Hubs is the world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services. With service providers connected in over 160 countries 3D Hubs makes it easy for product designers and engineers to find the right 3D print solution for prototyping and small production runs. By providing local access to cutting-edge 3D printing technologies 3D Hubs is accelerating a future of distributed on-demand manufacturing. Founded in 2013, 3D Hubs is headquartered in Amsterdam.

3D Hubs is providing prototype/demonstration services for the Enterprise Centres for Excellence.


Enter new dimensions. With a community of over half a million creators contributing over a million scenes, we are the world’s largest platform to publish, share and discover 3D content online and in VR. Sketchfab’s technology integrates with every major 3D creation tool and publishing platform and supports almost every 3D format directly through their site or using one of their official exporters. Using our universal 3D & VR player, your creations can be embedded on any web page and every major network including Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, WordPress, Bēhance, DeviantArt and Kickstarter. With offices in NYC and Paris, Sketchfab is proud to be the official 3D publishing partner of Adobe Photoshop, Facebook, Microsoft Hololens, Intel RealSense and more. Sketchfab is a venture backed company, alumnus of the TechStars accelerator program (New York Spring 2013) and winner of several start up awards.

Sketchfab is the lead organization for the Enterprise Centre for Excellence for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.


Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) is based in Washington, DC, and was chartered in 1946 as an independent not-for-profit educational organization whose goal was to design, build, and manage complex, pioneering facilities necessary for world-class scientific research and experimentation. As part of its mission to cultivate excellence, deliver value, enhance education, and engage the public, AUI seeks to help prepare the next generation of innovators through science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education. Through our public outreach efforts and programs, we seek to educate and excite people of all ages about STEM related subjects and careers. We promote innovative and effective approaches to K-12 STEM education by creating hands-on opportunities for students. And in collaboration with national and international partners, we broaden the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM through workforce development programs, and initiatives that promote and value cultural awareness and diversity.

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