Artist's depiction of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

Scientists peer inside an asteroid

Oct. 9, 2020

New findings from NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission suggest that the interior of the asteroid Bennu could be weaker and less dense than its outer layers—like a crème-filled chocolate egg flying though space. The results appear in a study published today in the journal Science Advances and led by the University of...

James W. Head

Seminar: Increasing Science Capabilities in the Apollo Lunar Exploration Program - Oct. 16

Oct. 6, 2020

The Apollo Lunar Exploration Program accomplished six successful lunar landings. Each succeeding Apollo mission was characterized by increasing exploration capabilities (landing accuracy, stay time, EVAs, mobility, experiments, tools, etc.). We present a brief review of the landing sites, surface operations and science return of...

CU Boulder campus seen from the air

Engineering leads new DOE Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program Center on particulate materials research

Oct. 2, 2020

CU Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science is leading a new Multi-disciplinary Simulation Center funded by the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing program to model unbonded and bonded particulate materials in support of the stockpile stewardship program. The $13 million project...

Timothy K. Minton

Researching chemical interactions at the edge of space for more durable satellites and hypersonic vehicles

Oct. 1, 2020

Timothy K. Minton is expanding critical research at the edge of space – uncovering chemical and physical processes in extreme environments like those experienced by satellites in Low Earth Orbit and hypersonic vehicles. A new professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University...

Mark Siranglo

Special Seminar Series: The Creation, Mission and Future of the United States Space Force

Special Two Part Zoom Event on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4:00 PM and Tuesday, Nov. 10, 4:00 PM. Pre-Registration Required. The U.S. Space Force is a new branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. This seminar series will summarize the reasons and history behind its creation, its current status and mission and its expected future direction, strat...

Jade Morton

Morton earns 2020 Institute of Navigation Kepler Award

Sept. 25, 2020

Professor Jade Morton has been named the 2020 recipient of the Institution of Navigation Johannes Kepler Award. The honor is bestowed annually in recognition of sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation. Morton is being recognized for advancing scientific and navigation receiver technology, automated data collection, robust...

Jay McMahon

Seminar: Autonomous Guidance, Navigation and Control for Small Body Exploration (and beyond!) - Sept. 25

Sept. 19, 2020

Jay McMahon Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Friday, Sep. 25 | 12:30 P.M. | Zoom Webinar - Registration Required Abstract: Small bodies in the solar system - both asteroids and comets - have complex dynamical environments that create unique challenges to operating spacecraft in close proximity. Future missions will desire to...

The Aerospace Building.

COVID-19 reshapes alumnus gift to support remote tech

Sept. 18, 2020

Late last year, Patrick Lueb (AeroEngr’89) was part of a plan. He was working with the University of Colorado Boulder Advancement on a $25,000 gift to sponsor student travel to Washington, D.C., for a policy camp to give hands-on experience in...

Tobias Niederwieser

Niederwieser named to Space and Satellite Professionals "20 Under 35"

Sept. 17, 2020

Congratulations to BioServe Space Technologies Research Associate Tobias Niederwieser, who has been named to the 2020 Space and Satellite Professionals International "20 Under 35" list recognizing young space and satellite professionals! Niederwieser earned his PhD in aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. He began working...

Jim Voss

Conference on World Affairs: Talking isolation and loneliness with astronaut Jim Voss

Sept. 14, 2020

The University of Colorado Boulder Conference on World Affairs included a special virtual panel: "Zooming" in on Loneliness, featuring five-time NASA astronaut and Smead Aerospace Scholar in Residence Jim Voss. The event was streamed live on Sept. 11...