Investigating flowers in ultraviolet light.

High school students explore remote sensing at the Mountain Research Station

Aug. 13, 2019

Science, engineering and nature are coming together for Colorado high school students at a unique summer camp. The 2019 CU Science Discovery Mountain Research Experience, a weeklong sleepaway camp program is a chance for kids to learn about the possibilities of scientific...

The group being recognized at the conference.

CU Boulder team earns second place at Small Sat Conference

Aug. 8, 2019

Congratulations to Aaron Aboaf, Nicholas Renninger, and Lara Lufkin, who earned 2nd place in the student competition at the 2019 AIAA / Utah State University Conference on Small Satellites. The trio's presentation, Design of an In-Situ Sensor Package to Track CubeSat Deployments, grew out of their 2018-2019 senior design project:...

Flood damage.

Brainwaves Podcast - Natural disasters: How new science will help us survive

Aug. 7, 2019

Tornadoes, floods, fires and more affect 160 million people per year worldwide. On this episode of the CU Boulder Brainwaves podcast, what science is doing to help people and their property survive. Interviews include Lori Peek, director of the Natural Hazards Center, Brian Argrow and Eric Frew with the TORUS...

Isakowitz Fellows with Buzz Aldrin

Interning at Blue Origin as a Matthew Isakowitz Fellow

Aug. 7, 2019

Annika Rollock (Advisor: Bobby Braun ) is a second year PhD student in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and a 2019 Matthew Isakowitz Fellow. The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is an internship and mentorship program that offers college juniors, seniors, and graduate students the opportunity...

A solar flare.

How a Record-Breaking Solar Storm Ignited a Vietnam War Mystery

Aug. 5, 2019

Declassified files are showing researchers the unpredictable nature of the Sun and helping them work towards predicting the next big solar storm. Seeker sat down with Smead Aerospace Research Professor Delores Knipp to find out more. Watch the full story.

Ian Geraghty and Xinzhao Chu in Antarctica.

A Year in Antarctica

Aug. 2, 2019

Ian Geraghty (AeroEngr BS'19) is in the middle of yearlong research experience in one of the most inaccessible and extreme places on Earth: Antarctica. He's using lidar -- a pulsed laser system -- aimed at the sky to study the atmosphere at altitudes so high Earth weather and space weather interact.

Luis Zea and the 16 Psyche asteroid

CU Boulder explores mining in space with bacteria

Aug. 1, 2019

Luis Zea is investigating the possibility of mining metals from asteroids in space using an unlikely agent: bacteria. It may sound like science fiction, but so-called biomining is already a reality on Earth. Now, Zea, and his co-investigator Jesse Colangelo in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Geological Sciences...

Molon Labe Seating design.

No one wants the middle seat on airplanes. This design could change that.

July 25, 2019

Hank Scott, a lecturer in Smead Aerospace, and Kevin VanLiere (MechEngr BS'95) are working to improve the design of the middle seat on airplanes. They've received major media attention for their startup, Molon Labe Seating, which has just received FAA Certification of a new seat design to increase passenger space...

An image taken from the International Space Station shows orange swaths of airglow hovering in Earth’s atmosphere. NASA’s new Atmospheric Waves Experiment will observe this airglow from a perch on the space station to help scientists understand, and ultimately improve forecasts of, space weather changes in the upper atmosphere.

Analyzing gravity waves at the edge of space

July 25, 2019

Jeff Forbes is working on a research project slated for the International Space Station (ISS) to help us better understand and forecast conditions on the edge of space. NASA is funding the Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) to analyze gravity (or “buoyancy”) waves in a region of the upper atmosphere that can cause disruptions in...

Alex Hirst with the RAAVEN fixed-wing drone.

Q&A with Smead Scholar Alex Hirst about his summer of severe storm research

July 24, 2019

Alex Hirst saw his first tornado recently, followed quickly by his second, third, fourth and fifth. As an aerospace PhD student and Smead Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder, he played an active role in the 2019 TORUS project – which took a team of...