Drone flying over the ocean.

CU Boulder spinout that revolutionized LiDAR acquired by major government contractor

Jan. 23, 2024

LiteWave Technologies , a spinout of CU Boulder and a subsidiary of Orion Space Solutions , has been acquired by Arcfield , a leading government technology and mission support provider. LiteWave’s core technology emerged from the lab of Jeffrey Thayer , professor emeritus and research professor in the Ann and...

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Seminar - Aerospace Environments: From Sun to Mud - April 4

March 29, 2022

Jeff Thayer Professor - Smead Aerospace, and Director of SWx-TREC Monday, April 4 | 3:30 P.M. | Hybrid: AERO 111 and Zoom - Register Now Abstract: A common phrase in the vernacular of the NASA Heliophysics Science Mission Directorate is to study the Sun-Earth system from “Sun to mud”. Curiously...

Earth from space.

Thayer named to science team for six-satellite NASA orbital mission

Jan. 10, 2022

Professor Jeff Thayer is part of a major new NASA science mission to better understand our sun’s influence on generating space weather. Thayer is one of three interdisciplinary scientists chosen by NASA for the Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) mission to build and launch six satellites to provide the first direct...


Four CU Boulder aerospace students earn major NASA awards

Sept. 1, 2021

Four University of Colorado Boulder aerospace graduate students have been named 2021 Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST). Daniel da Silva, Sarah Luettgen, Riley Reid, and Kevin Sacca have each earned the grants, which provide up to $45,000 annually for three years for tuition and...

Renderings of the SWARM-EX satellite.

Building a satellite swarm to investigate an atmospheric anomaly

Oct. 16, 2019

Scott Palo is leading a multi-university effort to unlock a scientific mystery in near-Earth space. He is leading a team that has earned a $4 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Ideas Lab to design and build three CubeSat nanosatellites to investigate the...

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...

ASTRALiTe's 2-in-1 Topo-Bathy LiDAR.

CU Boulder LiDAR technology in the news

June 19, 2018

A LiDAR technology patented by the University of Colorado Boulder made news this week when ASTRALiTe, the exclusive licensee of the technology, announced the achievement of a major milestone in enhancing its mapping capabilities. The technology, invented in the lab of Jeffrey Thayer, professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU...

SpaceX capsule floating over Earth.

Space Weather, CubeSat projects awarded CU Boulder Grand Challenge grants

Sept. 20, 2017

The cross-campus Grand Challenge initiative is announcing the selection of new additions to the Grand Challenge portfolio and projects led by Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences faculty are being awarded two of the three grant awards. The call for proposals, which was announced in June, is funding one large research initiative...