Artist's depiction of the twin Janus spacecraft. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Where no spacecraft has gone before: A close encounter with binary asteroids

Sept. 10, 2020

CU Boulder and Lockheed Martin will lead a new space mission to capture the first-ever closeup look at a mysterious class of solar system objects: binary asteroids. These bodies are pairs of asteroids that orbit around each other in space, much like the Earth and moon. In a project review...

OSIRIS-REx observed small bits of material leaping off the surface of the asteroid Bennu on Jan. 19, 2019. (Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin)

How small particles could reshape Bennu and other asteroids

Sept. 9, 2020

In January 2019, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was orbiting the asteroid Bennu when the spacecraft’s cameras caught something unexpected: Thousands of tiny bits of material, some just the size of marbles, began to bounce off the surface of the asteroid—like a game of ping-pong in space. Since then, many more such...

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Seminar: Passive and Active Spectrum Sharing - Sept. 11

Sept. 8, 2020

Keith Gremban Research Professor, Department of Computer Science, CU Boulder Friday, Sep. 11 | 12:30 P.M. | Zoom Webinar - Registration Required Abstract: The increasing demand for spectrum is forcing more spectrum sharing between disparate radio services. Spectrum sharing between passive and active systems has not been well researched. Deployed...

Allie Anderson

Seminar - Measuring and mitigating the effects of spaceflight on human health and performance - Sept. 4

Sept. 1, 2020

Allie Anderson Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Friday, Sep. 4 | 12:30 P.M. | Zoom Webinar - Registration Required Abstract: As NASA’s priorities shift toward longer duration flights in deep space microgravity or on the surface of the Moon or Mars, the decrements to human health and performance will be exacerbated...

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Video: Inclusive Culture in Smead Aerospace - Virtual Town Hall

Aug. 30, 2020

Smead Aerospace hosted a Virtual Town Hall on inclusive culture in the department on Friday, August 28. The discussion and Q&A focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion featured a panel of speakers, including: Assistant Dean for Access, Inclusion and Student Programs Terri Wright Director of The BOLD Center Tanya Ennis...

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Orbiting the future - aerospace alumnus honored for contributions to industry

Aug. 26, 2020

Roger McNamara (MAeroEngr’86, PhD’95) has built a career advancing the forefront of aerospace technology and is serving in a leading role on the next-generation Orion crewed space capsule. As a master’s and PhD alumnus of the University of Colorado Boulder, he has put his skills to use on an array...

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Inclusive Culture in Smead Aerospace - Virtual Town Hall - August 28

Aug. 24, 2020

Friday, August 28, 12:30-1:30 pm, RSVP on Zoom. A discussion and Q&A on diversity, equity, and inclusion in Smead Aerospace...

Allie Anderson and Hanspeter Schaub

Rocky Mountain AIAA honors two CU Boulder aerospace professors

Aug. 20, 2020

The Rocky Mountain Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is recognizing two University of Colorado Boulder aerospace faculty members with 2020 awards. Assistant Professor Allie Anderson is being honored as Young Professional Engineer of the Year and Professor Hanspeter Schaub has been named Collegiate Educator of the...

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Equatorial winds ripple down to Antarctica

Aug. 17, 2020

CU Boulder-led team is first to observe new equatorial wind patterns in Antarctica, revealing new connections in global circulation. A CIRES-led team has uncovered a critical connection between winds at Earth’s equator and atmospheric waves 6,000 miles away at the South Pole. The team has found, for the first time,...

Jaylon McGhee

Grad student advancing the aerodynamics of wind turbines

Aug. 10, 2020

Jaylon McGhee is researching next-generation wind turbine designs through a prestigious federal fellowship. A second-year aerospace PhD student, McGhee has earned a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a distinguished award that provides...