Published: May 11, 1997

A tour, talks and presentations on a spacecraft built by students at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics that is now set for launch in late summer or early fall will be held at the CU Research Park May 15.

The event at LASP’s Space Technology Building, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will honor graduating seniors who have worked on the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer satellite. The event includes talks by participating CU students and faculty as well as Universities Space Research Association President Paul Coleman. USRA is co-sponsoring the mission with NASA.

CU faculty speakers include LASP senior researcher and SNOE principal investigator Charles Barth, Graduate School Dean Carol Lynch, LASP Director Dan Baker and aerospace engineering Chair Richard Seebass.

SNOE will measure nitric oxide in the upper atmosphere, the intensity of X-rays from the sun and ultraviolet light from Earth’s aurora. More than 100 students, primarily undergraduates, have participated in designing and building the $4.4 million spacecraft since it was begun in 1994.

Once in orbit, SNOE will be controlled from campus by students and faculty from the LASP facility in the CU Research Park.

For more information contact SNOE co-investigator Stan Solomon at (303) 492-8609 or Jim Scott in the CU-Boulder public relations office at (303) 492-3114.