Campus Initiative Links Space Sciences, Engineering

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CU-Boulder has launched a comprehensive space science and engineering initiative aimed at bringing together faculty and students across the campus now participating in a broad range of space-related research.

The AeroSpace Systems Science and Engineering Initiative, or AS3E, will focus on interdisciplinary research and will combine climate and environmental research conducted from Earth orbit with space weather research, planetary exploration astronomy, and astrophysics.

The initiative involves three departments aerospace engineering sciences, astrophysical and planetary sciences, and atmospheric and oceanic sciences and four campus institutes engaged in space-related research (CIRES, INSTAAR, LASP, and CASA). The planned Aerospace and Energy Systems Building, to be built adjacent to the Engineering Center, will support the initiative by hosting "cluster" areas for space systems design, Earth sciences and sensing, space exploration systems, space science and technology, and the design and fabrication of unmanned aircraft systems.

The effort is expected to boost research and education in science, engineering, and technical space systems development across the campus, increase collaboration with federal agencies, and further strengthen ties to the state and national space industry, according to AES department chair Jeffrey Forbes, who is leading the effort.

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