UCD students and staff to launch Ireland’s first satellite

The first satellite to be fully developed and built in Ireland is being developed by a group of students from University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) Schools of Physics and Mechanical and Materials Engineering, with the support of staff from both schools. The satellite is expected to be delivered to the European Space Agency (ESA) in early 2021.

Ireland’s first satellite to be fully developed, researched and built in the country is known as Educational Irish Research Satellite (EIRSAT-1), and it is funded by a combination of the ESA, the Irish Research Council, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, as well as support from UCD. The project started in 2016, when UCD put together a proposal to the ESA for their ‘Fly your Satellite!’ campaign.

Newry-based tech central to Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’

The Premier league is scheduled to get back to action today, partially thanks to the input and support of Newry-based firm, STATSports. The firm supplied performance analysis equipment and services to eleven top-flight clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal.

STATSports technology has strong links with UCD, as it is used by Leinster Rugby at their UCD base to monitor training and performance, as well as assisted many of UCD’s elite athletes in training and performance, notably the plethora of UCD alumni and current students who have worn the Irish rugby shirt in recent years.