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...

The Aerospace Building

Smead Aerospace #6 in US News Rankings

Sept. 14, 2022

The College of Engineering and Applied Science gained a spot U.S. News and World Report ’s Best Undergraduate Engineering rankings this year, coming in at No. 17 among public institution peers. Six degree programs in the college also earned top 20 spots in the engineering specialty rankings and Best Undergraduate...

Jade Morton

Morton honored by American Geophysical Union

Sept. 13, 2022

Jade Morton has been announced as the recipient of the 2022 American Geophysical Union Space Physics and Aeronomy Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach (SPARC) Award. The SPARC Award is presented annually to a senior scientist for significant impact on the public’s understanding of space physics and aeronomy through education...

CU Boulder campus from the air.

Seminar: Experimental Investigations within Unsteady Aerodynamics and Flow Control - Sept. 15

Sept. 9, 2022

John Farnsworth Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Thursday, Sept. 15 | 3:00 P.M. | AERO 111 Abstract: The safe flight of small unmanned aircraft or drones in gusty environments, the use of aeroelastically sensitive aircraft for communications and remote networking, and the efficient generation of renewable energy from wind turbines operating...

Chuen Yen Chow

Mourning the loss of Professor Emeritus Chuen Yen Chow

Sept. 8, 2022

The world lost one of its kindest people on August 20, 2022 when Chuen Yen Chow passed away peacefully at the age of 89 in Henderson, NV. Chuen Yen was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, professor and mentor to his family and so many others. Chuen Yen...

Becca Mikula in a covered wagon.

From growing up on the farm to an aerospace PhD program

Sept. 1, 2022

My name is Becca Mikula and I am from Savannah, Missouri. Savannah is a small, farming community in northwest Missouri. When I was growing up, I remember looking at the stars almost every night and...

CU Boulder campus from the air.

Seminar: What Makes Aviation So Safe (and, can autonomy duplicate it?) - Sept. 9

Aug. 31, 2022

Amy Pritchett Professor & Dept. Head, Aerospace Engineering at Pennsylvania State University Friday, Sept. 9 | 10:40 A.M. | AERO 120 Abstract: Commercial air transport in the western world is arguably the safest system ever – how can that be, given that hazards are ever-present and few flights are every...

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