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A previous balloon launch.

High-altitude balloon experiments could enable hypersonic flight

May 25, 2017

Future unmanned hypersonic aircraft may ultimately owe part of their success to University of Colorado Boulder atmospheric research. A consortium of universities led by the CU Boulder Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences has received a five year, $7.5 million Department of Defense grant to investigate the... Read more »
Challenger deployed from ISS.

QB50 Challenger Satellite is Live!

May 25, 2017

CU Boulder's QB50 CubeSat, named "Challenger," was successfully deployed from the International Space Station last night at 11:25 PM MDT. The release coming just over a month after the satellite was launched from Cape Canveral to the ISS. Challenger is a nano-satellite, about the size of a loaf of bread, and was designed and built by students working under the direction of aerospace faculty. CubeSats generally weigh less than three pounds each and use off-the-shelf electronic components. They are designed to facilitate access to space research at lower cost.Read more »
Jim Nabity

James Nabity honored as Outstanding Faculty Advisor for 2017

May 18, 2017

Congratulations to associate professor James Nabity for earning the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The award recognizes faculty and staff advisors who demonstrate exceptional advising skills and serve as role models to other advisors. He received glowing nominations for the award from... Read more »
Commercial plane in flight.

Frequent flyers advised: Radiation risk may be on the rise

May 16, 2017

A heads-up for commercial air crews and other frequent fliers: The risk of exposure to radiation particles screaming Earthward from space may increase a bit in the next few years as the activity of our sun decreases, says a CU Boulder professor. There are more than 100,000 commercial airline flights... Read more »
Delores Knipp

Knipp Honored with 2017 CEDAR Prize Lecture

April 26, 2017

Congratulations to research professor Delores Knipp , who has been selected to give the 2017 CEDAR Prize Lecture. Knipp is receiving the honor for her space weather research “unraveling the physical connection between shock-led interplanetary coronal mass ejections (ICMEs) and the subsequent response in the neutral thermosphere." CEDAR, the Coupling,... Read more »
A group of senior design students standing together.

2017 Senior Design Symposium Success!

April 21, 2017

It's senior design time! The Aerospace Engineering Student Projects Symposium was April 21, 2017 in the Gallogly Discovery Learning Center. Students gave presentations on their projects, designed to solve real-world engineering problems faced by sponsoring businesses and labs. Check out our Flickr album for photos.Read more »
QB50 Successful Launch.

We Have Liftoff! Student-Built Satellite Launches from Cape Canaveral

April 18, 2017

Members of the Challenger team with the microsatellite before it left CU Boulder. A University of Colorado Boulder student-built microsatellite is on its way to the International Space Station. The satellite, named ‘Challenger’, had a successful lift off Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 9:11 AM MDT from Cape Canaveral. It... Read more »
Illustration of robot landing and moving on an asteroid.

Jay McMahon Lands NASA Grant for Soft Robots in Space

April 10, 2017

Illustration of robot landing and moving on an asteroid. If humans in future decades realize a goal of mining asteroids for water, Jay McMahon may very well be able to take credit for helping to make it happen. McMahon, 34, is the recipient of one of 15 Phase I proposals... Read more »
Students at NREL

Undergraduate Internship Fair Wednesday, April 5

April 4, 2017

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Three Students Earn National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships

March 29, 2017

2017 Aerospace Honorees Michael DeLuca Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust ( IMPACT ) in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics ( LASP ) "I investigate cosmic dust and the instruments we use to study it. In my NSF application, I proposed to develop an instrument to... Read more »

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