An aurora.

Solar wind fills research sails at space weather center

Feb. 19, 2019

Researchers at CU Boulder are starting work on a new collaborative grant from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will improve solar wind modeling. The team at CU is led by the Space Weather Technology, Research and Education Center with contributions from Stanford University, Lockheed Martin...


Podcast: Orbiting the tiny asteroid Bennu with OSIRIS-REx

Feb. 18, 2019

The Space Shot podcast interviews Distinguished Professor Dan Scheeres about the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. Scheeres is leading radio science on the mission. OSIRIS-REx launched in September 2016 and has traveled more than one billion miles since, looping around the sun and now in orbit around Bennu. Listen on...

Visualization of Earth's magnetic field.

CU researchers working to reduce cost of studying magnetic field

Feb. 14, 2019

The Earth’s magnetic field is constantly changing, so researchers need constantly updated data to revise the models that guide our navigation systems and help predict weather on Earth. CU researchers Bob Marshall and Svenja Knappe are collaborating to bring down the cost of this process through the use of small...

Penina Axelrad

Professor Axelrad inducted into National Academy of Engineers

Feb. 7, 2019

The National Academy of Engineering has elected Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences professor Penina Axelrad and alumnus Dereje Agonafer (AeroEngr ’72) as new members in 2019. Election to the prestigious academy is among the highest professional distinctions bestowed upon an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made...

Hanspeter Schaub

Schaub elected an AIAA fellow

Feb. 4, 2019

University of Colorado Boulder Smead Aerospace Professor Hanspeter Schaub has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The honor is in recognition of notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. Schaub is a prolific...

Visualization of solar flares

Grand Challenge: Solar storm chasers

Dec. 13, 2018

Mass media representations of space weather—variable conditions in space that can affect the technological systems modern society depends on—often evoke visions of catastrophic power grid failures and global chaos. The result can be gripping film or literature but, while such worst-case scenarios are possible, they can distort our understanding of...

Dan Scheeres

Meet our Faculty - Dan Scheeres

Dec. 12, 2018

Daniel Scheeres is a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, the A. Richard Seebass Chair of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research spans astrodynamics and spacecraft navigation to planetary science and celestial mechanics. A primary focus of Scheeres’ work is studying mechanics of...


Taking the measure of an asteroid

Dec. 3, 2018

University of Colorado Boulder scientists have a front row seat today to observe a NASA spacecraft as it arrives at the asteroid Bennu, coming to within 4.5 miles of the space rock. This close approach, followed by a flyby Dec. 4, up is the first in a series of planned...

A solar flare erupts from the sun in October 2014. (Credit: NASA/SDO)

A 1972 solar storm triggered a Vietnam War mystery

Nov. 12, 2018

On Aug. 4, 1972, U.S. military pilots flying south of Haiphong harbor in North Vietnam saw something unexpected: more than two dozen sea mines suddenly—and without apparent explanation—exploding in the water. Now, CU Boulder engineering professor Delores Knipp and her colleagues have dug into this four-decades-old naval mystery. In a...

Jay McMahon

Building Robots that Eat Asteroids for Science, Safety, and Profit. Seminar: Oct. 5

Oct. 1, 2018

Jay McMahon, Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 | DLC | 12:00 P.M. Download Flyer Abstract: There is great interest in asteroid exploration for three reasons - science, planetary defense, and asteroid mining. While many dream of getting rich off of mining rare minerals, the real treasure is...