Launch of the CPM 1.0 carrying academic and commercial payloads
In order to assist scientific research and the development of new technologies, Interorbital Systems provides discounts to academic and research payloads. New research and technological advances are central to the success of the space industry. Over 50% of IOS' current launch manifest consists of partially to completely academic payloads, including payloads from universities around the world, US military academies, and high school groups.
- The payload is purchased by a recognized academic institution of any level
- The primary customer is either student or faculty/educator at the same academic institution
- The majority of collected data (over 50%) is not intended for a potentially profit-bearing venture
- Customer has proof of tax-exempt status from the pertaining government body
IOS co-founder Rod Milliron working with high school and university students at an IOS workshop
Through its interactions with local high school and university students, Interorbital Systems is proud to play its part in sponsoring and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. With its educational outreach programs, IOS hopes to help students build the skillsets they need to succeed in the space industry.
IOS currently runs a weekly workshop at the Compton/Woodley Airport in Compton, California. Engineering students from local universities and high school students come together to learn about aerospace engineering techniques from IOS engineers. Each class is an exercise in workforce development with structured engineering and hands-on skills training. The workshop is run with cooperation from the Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum.
Currently participating in the IOS workshops are secondary students from the Compton School District Future Leaders of Advanced Rocket Engineering (FLARE) program, alongside university students from the California Institute of Technology, the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, California State University Long Beach, the University of California Irvine, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Tuskegee University, and San Diego State University.