Astronaut-alum heading to International Space Station

March 25, 2014

When CU-Boulder astronaut-alumnus Steve Swanson thunders into the heavens March 25 headed for the International Space Station, his journeys from Earth to space and back again will be decidedly different from his past missions. For one, he will be riding atop a Soyuz rocket blasting off from the Baikonor Cosmodrome... Read more »

NASA Astronaut Pettit Visits Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department

March 18, 2014

“There are frontiers everywhere,” said NASA Astronaut Don Pettit (Ph.D) in his opening remarks at a March 6 seminar at the University of Colorado. “Whether it be going to space, exploring the depths of the oceans, or discovering something new in a laboratory, frontiers are the places that challenge us... Read more »

AES Graduate Program Ranks in Top 10 in US News & World Report

March 12, 2014

Graduate programs across the University of Colorado system again are lauded for excellence in the latest annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Research and teaching contributions by the four campuses in health care, engineering, law, education and business hold numerous spots in the 2015 edition of Best Graduate... Read more »

Professor Argrow Briefs the Colorado Legislature on UAS

Feb. 17, 2014

On January 28, the Colorado State Legislature invited several aerospace companies and the University of Colorado Boulder to brief them on the unmanned aircraft industry and its related technologies. Professor Brian Argrow represented CU-Boulder and emphasized the educational and research programs that enable the development of both the UAS technologies... Read more »

Adventure is Antacrtica

Jan. 31, 2014

These messages and photos were sent by Dr. Xinzhao Chu, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and a fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Prof. Chu is engaged in breakthrough lidar research, and her excitement comes through in these emails . We... Read more »

CU-Boulder researchers excited over new partnership on UAS technology

Dec. 20, 2013

Many are still buzzing about the recent statement by Amazon's Jeff Bezos on CBS's "60 Minutes" that the company hopes to be delivering small packages to private homes in just 30 minutes by unmanned drones within five years. But while the merits or potential problems suggested by that scenario continue... Read more »

UAVs in Crowded Skies

Dec. 16, 2013

Drone aircraft might be delivering Amazon orders to your door soon says Jeff Bezos But first states and the federal government are wrestling with the implications of many new, pilotless aircraft -- how they might affect civil liberties -- and how to keep them out of the way of manned... Read more »

CU-Boulder to Fly Antibiotic Experiment

Dec. 16, 2013

A University of Colorado Boulder research center will launch two payloads aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.’s commercial Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station on Dec. 18, including a biomedical antibiotic experiment and an educational K-12 experiment involving ant behavior in microgravity. BioServe Space Technologies, a NASA-funded center in CU-Boulder’s aerospace... Read more »

Orbital CEO and Co-founder David W. Thompson Names the University of Colorado as One of His Top 7 Universities for Recruiting

Dec. 16, 2013

My recent trip to Orbital Sciences, the rocket and satellite manufacturer located outside Washington, was so interesting that I decided to devote another column to the company. It took several years to get the interview with Orbital’s chief executive and co-founder, David W. Thompson. The 58-year-old rocket scientist had a... Read more »

Five questions for Joe Tanner

Dec. 12, 2013

Joe Tanner grew up in the ‘60s when “nearly everyone was enamored with the space race and would have loved to have been on one of those rockets with the heroes who were doing that.” At the time, Tanner didn’t think he could be a “superhero,” as the media referred... Read more »