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Applying to Polaris Airborne is easy! In the application form (accessible above) you will be able to select up to three teams you would like to apply. You could be admitted in one or two teams but only one of them can be a technical one ( GNC, Propulsion, Balloon, Structures, and Electronics). You do not have to select three roles, however the more roles you select, the higher the chance we can find you a place. Below you can find more information on the the different teams and relevant skills. In your application you will have to present a set of documents which are explained in this site. Please notice that recommendation letters and professional portfolio are not mandatory. After processing your application, you might be assigned an interview based on the the time availability you state in the application form. If you are admitted, we will try to allocate you in your preferred role(s) and will notify you on the outcome. Decisions will be out by the end of March. Below is an FAQ section, however if you have any other questions you can, for the first time directly ask a Polarian using the button below!


We require all applicants to be at least 18 years old by March 20th. Young professionals under 35 are also welcome to apply!
Although having hands-on experiences is valuable, Polaris is a space for you to learn! You do not need to have interned at NASA, have work experience, be at the top of your class, or have led a space project to be a good fit for Polaris. The two things we value the most are passion and willingness to learn!
In Project Polaris we think about space holistically. Our program merges interdisciplinary aspects allowing Polarians to grown and learn in diverse areas ranging from technical skills, to art, to interculturality, to writing, etc. Cross-team interactions are encouraged and expected!
There are multiple ways of satisfying this requirement and various examples are provided in the “proof of English” tab above. We are very open to any sorts of ways in which you can show us you are proficient. If you took a standardized test some time ago and it is no longer valid, you can still provide that certificate. We do not want you or require you to spend money on any sorts of examinations. The level of English required for Polaris is at least B1. Regardless of what proof you present, your writing and speaking skills will be evaluated at some point of the application process.
Thanks to partnerships with the Costa Rica Aerospace Cluster, the Costa Rica Institute of Technology, and AREX we have already interned 30 people in local companies including  COOPESA (at the airport) and Ticoelectronics (now a G.W Lisk company). We help connect students to internship possibilities in Costa Rica during the Action Stage (May-August). Additionally, participating in our Tropical Space camp working on the rover can be considered an internship with AREX. Getting an internship is not required to participate on the Action Stage or Tropical Space 2023.
AREX (2016) is a Costa-Rican based startup that contributes to the globalization of space by developing purposeful and innovative projects. AREX has two branches on of them is the rocketry branch (we built the first liquid rocket engine of the Central American and the Caribbean Region!) and the other is the international collaborations branch, of which Polaris is part. In short, AREX is the mother company, and Polaris is one its projects.
Yes! During the last three years, Polaris has matured a lot and we want to keep on building #onespace. AREX is thus working with Polarians on turning the project from an informal collaboration into an formal International Organization that will be able to expand and achieve great things. Stay tuned!
We understand that most of our Polarians are students.  You will be expected to put in the time that your schedule allows. The workload will vary with each team and time of the program, with Tropical Space being the most active (and exciting!) stage.
Project Polaris will write papers to present Airborne at different conferences/congresses happening between September 2023 and January 2024. Although the IAC is not being considered, Management already has five conferences in mind!
Each team will have a different size depending on the activities a team need to realize for a successful program completion. Historically, our teams have not been bigger than 15 people.