CU Boulder Professor Xinlin Li holds up a model of the CSSWE cube satellite that studied energetic particles in Earth's magnetosphere. The new CIRBE cube satellite will build on the success of the CSSWE. Photo: LASP

Shoebox-sized cube satellite to study Earth's inner radiation belt

March 14, 2018

A NASA-funded cube satellite built and operated by CU Boulder researchers will study the inner radiation belt of Earth’s magnetosphere, providing new insight into the energetic particles that can disrupt satellites and threaten spacewalking astronauts. CU Boulder Professor Xinlin Li holds up a model of the CSSWE cube satellite that... Read more »
A rendering of a space probe approaching an asteroid.

The Wild Lives of Asteroids

March 13, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018 • 1–3 p.m. Daniel Scheeres, Distinguished Professor, Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Asteroids frequently pass close to or impact the Earth, very occasionally with devastating consequences for life. The last few decades of space exploration and scientific research have turned our understanding of asteroids completely inside out,... Read more »
Aerospace Building construction site.

New aerospace building construction under way -- watch our live webcam for progress updates!

March 12, 2018

A new building is taking shape on the University of Colorado Boulder’s East Campus, and it’s getting an extra boost thanks to expanding student enrollment. Construction of a 144,000-square-foot dedicated facility for the Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department has been underway since October, with grading and foundation... Read more »
Shankini Doraisingam and Jack Fischer inside Fiske Planetarium

Bioserve engineer earns NASA Silver Snoopy Award

March 2, 2018

Congratulations to Shankini Doraisingam for receiving the Silver Snoopy Award for her work with astronauts aboard the International Space Station! Doraisingam is an engineer with the University of Colorado Boulder's Bioserve Space Technologies, a center that has designed, built and flown microgravity life science research and hardware on dozens of... Read more »
Jack Fischer

Jack Fischer Presentation and Q&A

Feb. 21, 2018

Friday, March 2 | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Fiske Planetarium , Main Campus. *Space is limited, please RSVP. Jack D. Fischer (Colonel, U.S. Air Force) was selected by NASA in July 2009. Having grown up in nearby Louisville, Colorado, Fischer served as a Flight Engineer aboard the International... Read more »
Students holding the drone.

How a CU Boulder drone will track and crack hidden language of sperm whales

Feb. 14, 2018

A team of engineering students is designing a whale-scouting drone to help scientists learn about the mysterious language of sperm whales and, in the process, help save the massive mammals from harm and potential extinction. The engineering project called SHAMU (Search and Help Aquatic Mammals UAS) is an unmanned aerial... Read more »
Steven George

Sea Level Rise Accelerating

Feb. 13, 2018

A research team led by aerospace professor Steve Nerem detects an acceleration in the 25-year satellite sea level record. Global sea level rise is not cruising along at a steady 3 mm per year, it’s accelerating a little every year, like a driver merging onto a highway, according to a... Read more »
Richard Barnitz and a second soldier in Marine Corps uniforms.

CU launches Society of American Military Engineers chapter

Feb. 12, 2018

As a CU engineering student and a veteran, I’ve met many students like myself who are hoping to expand their scope of knowledge about real engineering issues. So this week we’re having our first meeting of the CU chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers ! SAME is a... Read more »
HP Schaub at the SciTech forum

Double honors for CU Aerospace's Professor Schaub

Feb. 9, 2018

Hanspeter Schaub receiving the J. Leland Atwood Award. University of Colorado Boulder Smead Aerospace Professor Hanspeter Schaub has received not one, but two awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Schaub accepted the J. Leland Atwood Award and the Mechanics and Control of Flight Award during the... Read more »
Team MAXWELL group photo.

CU Boulder CubeSat team wins Air Force university competition

Feb. 6, 2018

The MAXWELL cubesat, a University of Colorado Boulder Smead Aerospace graduate project, has been selected as a winner in the Air Force University Nanosatellite Program Flight Selection Review. Ten university teams were competing for two available slots on a future rocket launch. The Air Force has provided funding to CU... Read more »