CU Boulder team advances in NASA tech competition

Feb. 26, 2020

University of Colorado Boulder students are designing next-generation spacesuit technology. The CU Technology for Extreme Environments (CUTEE) Club is competing in the NASA SUITS Challenge to design and create an augmented reality system – an interactive, heads-up display – that could present live electronic information to astronauts inside their...

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Allie Anderson TEDx video posted

Feb. 6, 2020

Assistant Professor Allie Anderson's recent TEDx Mile High talk "Torn rotator cuffs & lost fingernails — why we must redesign the spacesuit" is officially available online to view. "The spacesuit is one of the greatest technical engineering feats ever achieved. But did you know it causes significant injuries to astronauts?...

Dennis Akos and Allie Anderson

Akos, Anderson named 2020 Research & Innovation Office Faculty Fellows

Dec. 2, 2019

The Research & Innovation Office has announced the 2020 RIO Faculty Fellows , which is comprised of 13 of CU Boulder’s most promising faculty. Two members of the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences were named to the program: Professor Dennis Akos and Assistant Professor Allie Anderson...

People in NASA's new spacesuits

New spacesuit, new inspiration for students & faculty in Smead Aerospace

Oct. 18, 2019

From CBS 4 Denver: It’s been a historic week for NASA, first with the unveiling of the new American spacesuit to be used in the next mission to the moon, then with the rescheduling of the first-ever all female spacewalk that had been previously postponed because an issue with the...

Mars Desert Research Station Habitat Module

Space medicine course concludes inaugural class in Utah desert

June 26, 2019

A new collaborative course between CU Anschutz and Smead Aerospace called "Medicine in Space and Surface Environments" recently concluded their time in the field in the southern Utah desert. Smead Aerospace assistant professor, Allie Anderson , and CU Anschutz assistant professor, Ben Easter , co-led the three-week class. Their time...

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson

Designing a safer spacesuit

May 8, 2019

AIAA Aerospace America is highlighting the research going on in Assistant Professor Allie Anderson's laboratory to design a next generation space suit: U.S. astronauts on the moon or Mars will need a spacesuit that won’t injure or exhaust them. One hurdle is that no one knows exactly what goes on...

A space station rendering

CU Boulder part of new NASA institute on space habitat design

May 3, 2019

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder is part of a new NASA funded Space Technology Research Institute that will advance space habitat designs using resilient and autonomous systems. The work is part of a larger effort to prepare for a time when astronauts will venture further...

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Goal of putting people on Mars increasingly within reach

Jan. 15, 2019

“I believe I will see people on the surface of Mars before I die” - Smead Aerospace Asst. Professor Allie Anderson From CGTN (China Global Television Network): China’s moon landing – along with past Soviet and American ones – are warm-ups of sorts for the next frontier: Mars. Putting people...

An astronaut on a spacewalk.

Students designing augmented reality system for astronauts

Dec. 20, 2018

NASA is turning to university students for help with the next big space technology – augmented reality. The University of Colorado Boulder has been selected by NASA as one of 16 colleges to participate in the Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) 2019 challenge. The mission? To develop an...

Allie Anderson montage with the International Space Station in the background.

Anderson talks health in space

Dec. 1, 2017

The Environmental Defense Fund is talking health in space and turning to Smead Aerospace Assistant Professor, Allie Anderson, for answers. Anderson is the featured guest in their You Make Me Sick podcast on "How space travel affects human health," discussing the health impacts of space travel, the biggest issues today...