Three aerospace students earn NASA fellowships

Oct. 4, 2022

Three University of Colorado Boulder aerospace graduate students have been named 2022 Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST). Julian Hammerl, Jackson Jandreau, and Erin McMurchie have each earned the grants, which provide up to $50,000 annually for three years to cover tuition, expenses, and student-designed...

Lakshmi Kantha

Kantha interviewed by NBC News on hurricane measurements

Oct. 3, 2022

Lakshmi Kantha was interviewed by NBC News for a new piece on the category system used to measure hurricanes. Kantha, a professor emeritus in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, is an expert in ocean-atmosphere interactions and their implications to long term weather and climate. The...

CU Boulder campus from the air.

Seminar: JPL GPS Space Receivers Then and Now, and How the Latest Version Will Be Used in the SunRISE Smallsat Constellation - Oct. 7

Sept. 30, 2022

Angela Dorsey Technologist in the Near Earth Tracking Systems Group, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Friday, Oct. 7 | 10:40 A.M. | AERO 120 Abstract: At JPL, there is a long history of developing space flight projects for studying the Earth, the solar system, and beyond. For the past 20 years...

Jay McMahon

McMahon interviewed for national story on DART

Sept. 27, 2022

Associate Professor Jay McMahon was featured in an article on NASA's DART mission, which successfully crashed into the asteroid Dimorphos yesterday. The piece, in the Christian Science Monitor, was written ahead of the collision. It outlines goals of the mission as an experiment for future planetary defense from asteroids. McMahon,...

Yang Wang

Wang honored by Institute of Navigation

Sept. 27, 2022

Yang Wang has earned the 2022 Bradford Parkinson Thesis Award from the Institute of Navigation. Wang, a visiting faculty member in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, is being honored for his 2021 PhD thesis "Advanced GNSS Receiver Signal Processing and Remote Sensing Applications." He received...

Members of the Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory team.

Epic year for aerospace research funding at CU Boulder

Sept. 22, 2022

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder had another big year for research funding, bringing in nearly $48 million in awards. The fiscal year 2022 number totals $47,834,766. It is the...

Artist's depiction of the DART spacecraft about to slam into the asteroid Dimorphos.

NASA is about to intentionally crash a spacecraft into an asteroid. This engineer will be watching

Sept. 22, 2022

On Monday just after 5 p.m. Mountain Time, a NASA spacecraft called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is set to crash and burn—on purpose. The spacecraft is aiming for a pair of asteroids orbiting around each other millions of miles from Earth: Didymos, which measures about a half-mile across,...

Sarah Luettgen

CU Boulder student advancing safety for orbiting spacecraft

Sept. 20, 2022

Sarah Luettgen is building a future as an aerospace professional, studying the space domain of satellite orbits in the extreme upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. As a second-year aerospace PhD student and Smead Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder, Luettgen is leveraging advanced atmospheric models and super computers to...

Grace Gao

Seminar: Robust Autonomous Vehicle Localization: from Tandem Drifting Cars to “GPS” on the Moon - Sept. 23

Sept. 19, 2022

Grace Gao Assistant Professor, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University Friday, Sept. 23 | 10:40 A.M. | AERO 120 Abstract: Autonomous vehicles often operate in complex environments with various sensing uncertainties. On Earth, GPS signals can be blocked or reflected by buildings; and camera measurements are susceptible to lighting...

CU Boulder campus from the air.

Seminar: Technologies and computational modeling tools for human vestibular performance in aerospace environments - Sept. 22

Sept. 16, 2022

Torin Clark Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Thursday, Sept. 22 | 3:00 P.M. | AERO 111 Abstract: Modern crewed aerospace vehicles operate in challenging environments, leading to complex and often highly-automated vehicle system designs. My research focuses on understanding the capabilities and limitations of humans in these environments and developing and...