Penny Axelrad

Stepping Down as Chair

July 18, 2017

Dear colleagues, alumni, and friends, For the past five years, I have had the honor of serving as chair of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, now newly named in honor of Ann and H.J. Smead. It has been an exciting time, especially over the past year. We welcomed Bobby Braun, a highly...

The space habitat unit for the mice.

Back home with researchers, more science ahead for ‘mice-tronauts’

July 10, 2017

The first 20 star-trekking mice to travel to the International Space Station, riding aboard a spacecraft built by Hawthorne-based Space X, have returned to their home lab at UCLA. But the mission isn’t over for the mice, plucked last week from their capsule in San Pedro , according to a...

Lisa Hardaway

NASA’s New Horizons Mission Honors Memory of Lisa Hardaway

June 23, 2017

NASA’s New Horizons mission team honored the life and contributions of aerospace engineer Lisa Hardaway on Thursday by dedicating the spectrometer she helped to develop – which brought the first color close-up images of Pluto to the world – in her memory. Hardaway, who died in January at age 50,...

Ben Fried at the NASA check presentation.

Student Team Wins Satellite Launch Slot From NASA

June 14, 2017

A University of Colorado Boulder student satellite team has won a free ride to space. NASA announced last week that CU Boulder’s Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E3) is one of three national winners in the space agency’s Cube Quest Challenge small satellite competition. The contest is focused on finding innovative solutions...

The Women in Aerospace Symposium attendees standing for a photo outside with the Flatirons in the background.

Research, Career Opportunities Highlighted for Women in Aerospace

June 7, 2017

The 2017 CU Boulder-MIT-Stanford Women in Aerospace Symposium was hosted by the Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder on May 31 and June 1. Sixteen outstanding women doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in aerospace engineering disciplines participated, representing a variety of academic institutions across the country. Several male...

Assembling the prototype.

NASA Spotlight on CU Boulder Cube Quest Team

June 6, 2017

The shoebox-size CU Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E 3 ) is being assembled by the University of Colorado, Boulder, Aerospace Engineering Science Graduate Projects Class. CU-E 3 is designed for a communications technology demonstration mission, slated to travel more than 2.5 million miles into space. As a Deep Space Derby entry,...

SpaceX Capsule in space.

SpaceX to launch CU-built heart, bone health experiments to space station

June 5, 2017

A SpaceX rocket was slated to launch two University of Colorado Boulder-built payloads to the International Space Station (ISS) from Florida on Thursday, including one to look at changes in cardiovascular stem cells in microgravity that may someday help combat heart disease on Earth. The second payload will be used...

A previous balloon launch.

High-altitude balloon experiments could enable hypersonic flight

May 25, 2017

Future unmanned hypersonic aircraft may ultimately owe part of their success to University of Colorado Boulder atmospheric research. A consortium of universities led by the CU Boulder Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences has received a five year, $7.5 million Department of Defense Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI)...

Challenger deployed from ISS.

QB50 Challenger Satellite is Live!

May 25, 2017

CU Boulder's QB50 CubeSat, named "Challenger," was successfully deployed from the International Space Station last night at 11:25 PM MDT. The release coming just over a month after the satellite was launched from Cape Canveral to the ISS. Challenger is a nano-satellite, about the size of a loaf of bread, and was designed and built by students working under the direction of aerospace faculty.

Jim Nabity

James Nabity honored as Outstanding Faculty Advisor for 2017

May 18, 2017

Congratulations to associate professor James Nabity for earning the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The award recognizes faculty and staff advisors who demonstrate exceptional advising skills and serve as role models to other advisors. He received glowing nominations for the award from...

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