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We are delighted to welcome Colin Martin as Visiting Artist to EIRSAT-1, Ireland's First Satellite. With only months to go before it's launch from the International Space Station, Colin will be meeting with the team here at UCD and on their visit to European Space Agency testing facilities for the final stages of the project.



Industry leaders, teams of students and professors at University College Dublin (UCD) are currently designing, building, and preparing to launch Ireland’s very first satellite. In addition to making history, through its development, UCD space science and engineering students have the opportunity to develop sought-after skills in the industry. When it is completed, it will carry three experiments on its Low Earth Orbit at an altitude of 400km.


With GMOD, the mission aims to study a number of Gamma Ray Bursts, the most luminous explosions in the universe which occurs when a massive star dies, or when two stars collide. Using a bespoke gamma-ray detector, the mission aims to assess the capability of this technology for use on next-generation gamma-ray missions.


The ENBIO Module EMOD aims to perform the first low earth orbit measurements on the performance of novel surface treatments SolarWhite and SolarBlack, .


Wave Based Control (WBC) aims to implement and test a wave-based control algorithm to determine its potential as a viable alternative to standard Attitude Determination and Control methods. This controller has been applied in simulations and has been flown in parabolic flights but has yet to fly in space.



The EIRSAT-1 project is carried out with the support of the Education Office of the European Space Agency, under the educational Fly your Satellite! Programme.






Colin Martin is an artist and lecturer based in Dublin. He is currently Head of the RHA School and lectures part time in the NCAD Media Department. He is a graduate of DIT and NCAD and works in the medium of painting and film. Recent solo exhibitions include Keyframe, Platform Arts, Belfast, 2014, Collection, City Assembly Building, Dublin, 2012, The Garden, curated by Kate Strain, Broadcast Gallery, DIT, Dublin, 2011, Cyclorama, Basic Space, Dublin. Recent group exhibitions include Surveille.e.s CCI Paris, curated by Nora Hickey,,House Tak- en Over, Private House, Belfast 2018 ,This is Not Architecture, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda 2017, Far From Me, Josef Fillip Gallery, Leipzig ,N.O.W.H.E.R.E.,Interview Room 11, Edinburgh 2016. He has received the Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary in 2015, 2012 and 2007.

Follow him on instagram @colinmartin81

Colin Martin