Graphic of the Janus spacecraft mapping a binary asteroid

Double take: Satellites to get an eye on asteroid pairs

June 21, 2019

In just three years, a new space mission led by CU Boulder could examine some of the solar system’s most dynamic duos: binary asteroids. NASA announced this week that the Janus: Reconnaissance Missions to Binary Asteroids mission had been selected as a finalist in the space agency’s new small satellite...

Hanspeter Schaub

Schaub formally inducted as a 2019 AIAA Fellow

May 23, 2019

Professor Hanspeter Schaub has been formally inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The 2019 Fellows were celebrated at the organization's annual Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, held May 15 in Washington, DC. AIAA confers the...

The new aerospace buildng.

Smead Aerospace is moving to a new building

May 13, 2019

Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences is moving! After 18 months of construction, the department will vacate all of its space in the Engineering Center this summer and move to a brand new, dedicated building for the aerospace department on East Campus. The new facility is...

Steve Jolly and Scott Palo

Jolly, Palo presented with Distinguished Engineering Alumni awards

May 1, 2019

Congratulations to Steve Jolly and Scott Palo for being recognized with 2019 College of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards (DEAA) . DEAA honors graduates and friends who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge, and significant contributions to their fields. Award winners may fall into several...

Jay McMahon

McMahon developing systems for future Mars missions

April 24, 2019

Jay McMahon has earned a NASA early career fellowship to help ensure future missions to Mars can land safely. McMahon, an assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, has received a three year, $600,000 NASA Space Technology Research...

Earth from space.

CubeSats prove their worth for scientific missions

April 17, 2019

Only a few years ago, the astronomy and heliophysics communities were skeptical about whether CubeSats could reliably obtain scientific data. But these breadloaf-size satellites have proven their ability to return useful data. During the American Physical Society's April Meeting 2019, being held April 13-16, in Denver, Colorado, Christopher S. Moore,...

Lightning strikes the Earth viewed from space.

Mapping the energy of lightning in space

April 12, 2019

A lightning strike releases an incredible amount of energy, most of it felt on Earth’s surface, but some of that energy travels up, far above the clouds and into space, and a new satellite is being designed by the University of Colorado Boulder to map the phenomenon. Professor Bob Marshall has received a four-year, $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to develop...

The asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx spies on the weird, wild gravity of an asteroid

March 19, 2019

Research led by CU Boulder is revealing the Alice in Wonderland- like physics that govern gravity near the surface of the asteroid Bennu. The new findings are part of a suite of papers published today by the team behind NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission. And...

Tomoko Matsuo

Matsuo awarded prestigious NSF CAREER award

March 14, 2019

Assistant Professor Tomoko Matsuo has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for her work on the predictability of the atmosphere from the ground to near-Earth space. These prestigious awards support early career faculty who have the potential to become leaders in research and education in their fields...

CU Boulder campus.

Smead Aerospace graduate program #6 nationally among public universities

March 12, 2019

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder remains a powerhouse institution for graduate engineering education, ranking No. 17 in the nation among public universities and No. 31 overall, according to data released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report . Three engineering degree programs...