About Us

MaxIQ Space has been established to serve the Space STEM  Education sector in delivering comprehensive and motivating learning experiences.

Founders - The four founders of MaxIQ Space are:

  • Bjarke Gotfredsen - investor of the xChip design and ecosystem, technical lead, software lead, strategist
  • Judi Sandrock - managing principal, education lead, and project and program manager
  • William Edmonson - CubeSat and SmallSat systems engineering specialist, university and college education lead
  • Jack Kennedy - Space Law expert and space port development thought leader, governance and legal lead

The primary goal of the MaxIQ team is to inspire future space industry professionals through the practical and impactful delivery of Space STEM programs. All engagements support and promote a digital future, mapped to the identified requirements for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Practically, this requires the use of digital, modular electronics, ensuring that no formal facilities are required….build your space experiment payload at home!

The MaxIQ Space founders bring extensive experience in Space STEM education experience, from junior-high to PhD, multiple engineering industries as well as space industry corporate governance.

Partnerships enable MaxIQ Space to secure student payloads on a regular and reliable basis, achieving the goal of delivering a full satellite systems engineering project from idea to launch within one academic year.

Track Record

The MaxIQ team has been implementing school and university programmes since 2016, and MaxIQ has expanded delivery globally:

  • CubeSat Developers Workshops CalPoly – practical workshops for educators since 2018
  • Old Dominion University SmallSat Systems Engineering postgraduate course since 2018
  • Princeton Mechanical Engineering undergraduate satellite development course since 2018
  • Georgia Tech postgraduate course (GTRI) since 2019
  • NASA Ames and Stanford University undergraduate systems engineering since 2020
  • University Southern Maine aerospace engineering undergraduate courses since 2020


  • 2016 – World Economic Forum for Africa, programme having the most impact on youth education and gender equality in Africa
  • 2017 – CNN – one of two most innovative social projects in Africa
  • 2017 – selected as official STEM programme for the South African National Space Agency
  • 2018 – selected as the official STEM programme for the State of Virginia, USA
  • 2019 – selected as the STEM programme of choice by USA Cobb County, Georgia
  • 2019 – BBC Africa most innovative youth technology initiative from Africa
  • 2020 – selected as the partner of choice for space education challenges by the USA Department of Education
  • 2020 and 2021 – joint missions to International Space Station with NASA and Quest for Space
  • 2022 - appointed to implement the Maine K-12 Space STEM program
  • 2023 - selected as the partner of choice for space education challenges by the USA Department of Education for the "Your Place in Space" challenge.

As MaxIQ Space, we are a company that provides STEM education programs and solutions to schools and universities around the world. Our programs are designed to inspire and engage students in STEM subjects, and to help them develop the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.

MaxIQ Space offers a variety of programs, including:

  • Space-based STEM programs: These programs allow students to design, build, and launch their own satellites or payloads into space. This hands-on experience helps students learn about the latest technologies in space exploration, and it also helps them develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
  • STEM kits and curriculum: MaxIQ Space also offers a variety of STEM kits and curriculum that can be used in the classroom. These kits and curriculum are designed to make STEM education more engaging and relevant for students, and they also help teachers create a more rigorous and challenging STEM learning environment.
  • Professional development: MaxIQ Space also offers professional development opportunities for teachers. These opportunities help teachers learn how to use MaxIQ Space's programs and resources in the classroom, and they also provide teachers with the support they need to make STEM education more engaging and effective.

We are committed to inspiring and engaging students in STEM subjects. Our programs are designed to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond, and take advantage of the great careers that the private space sector offers. If you are looking for a way to make STEM education more engaging and relevant for your students, you've come to the right place.

Our Partners

Changing the world isn't easy, and we couldn't do it alone. 

A core value of MaxIQ is to be able to provide our educational resources to students around the globe, especially those who live in areas where there is a lack of educational infrastructure to support these young minds in achieving their full potential. MaxIQ wouldn't be able to fulfil our mission without support from...


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