April 28, 2011
Academic, industry and government officials will gather at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Engineering Center Complex at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 29, to dedicate a new Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation.
The center, a partnership between a number of schools including CU-Boulder and the FAA, is focused on launch operations and vehicle systems that will enable safe and efficient commercial human space flight and space commerce. The event will include remarks by aerospace engineering sciences Professor David Klaus, who is leading the CU-Boulder portion of the project, as well as several local, state and federal government officials including the FAA’s Ken Davidian and Patricia Watts.
Event attendees, including CU-Boulder students and former NASA astronaut and current CU faculty member Joe Tanner, have been invited to first watch the scheduled 1:47 p.m. launch of NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour, which is carrying a payload designed and built by CU-Boulder’s BioServe Space Technologies.
In addition to conducting commercial space research, CU-Boulder faculty and students currently are working with the Sierra Nevada Corp. of Louisville, Colo., which recently received an $80 million award from NASA to develop a commercial launch vehicle named the Dream Chaser. The dedication event will be held in room ECAE 1B65 in the Engineering Center, a lab that houses a cockpit module and a full-scale mock-up of the Dream Chaser for testing by students and faculty.
For more information contact Klaus at 303-492-3525 or Jim Scott in the CU-Boulder media relations office at 303-492-3114. For more information on the new FAA center, visit http://www.colorado.edu/news/r/418fc9f42711df7d098eacf97a56cd22.html.