Earth from space.

Thayer named to science team for six-satellite NASA orbital mission

Jan. 10, 2022

Professor Jeff Thayer is part of a major new NASA science mission to better understand our sun’s influence on generating space weather. Thayer is one of three interdisciplinary scientists chosen by NASA for the Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC) mission to build and launch six satellites to provide the first direct...

Robyn Macdonald

Macdonald earns Air Force grant to push the boundaries of hypersonics

Jan. 3, 2022

Advancing research at five times the speed of sound. Robyn Macdonald is studying the fastest vehicles in the world so we can move even faster. Macdonald, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, has earned a prestigious Young Investigator Research Program grant from the...

Mark Esper

Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to students

Dec. 20, 2021

Dr. Mark T. Esper, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, shared insights from his life and career in a special webinar with the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Esper took part in a discussion hosted by Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mark Sirangelo on Wednesday,...

Scott Palo with the QB-50 CubeSat.

CU Boulder lands Air Force grant to design new CubeSat for Earth orbit

Dec. 14, 2021

Scott Palo wants to send RALPHIE to space. RALPHIE the satellite, that is. The U.S. Air Force is providing support to help make it happen...

The RAAVEN UAS flying

Designing flying AI systems to study supercell thunderstorms up close

Dec. 8, 2021

A team of University of Colorado Boulder scientists and engineers have landed a major grant to design next-generation uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) to fly into the heart of supercell thunderstorms that can spawn tornadoes...

The Zoom room.

Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks to CU Boulder students

Nov. 9, 2021

Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shared stories from his life and career during a special webinar with the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. Tyson took part in a discussion hosted by Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mark Sirangelo on Wednesday, Nov. 3. The conversation included anecdotes from Tyson’s past, projections...

Tim Minton working with students.

Record breaking $50 million+ year for aerospace research at CU Boulder

Oct. 26, 2021

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder has had a record-breaking year for research funding, bringing in $53 million in awards. The fiscal year 2021 number, which totals $53,101,624, blasts by the previous record of $33.2 million, set just one year ago in 2020...

Chu's lidar facility in operation in Antarctica.

$3.3 million grant to advance climate and space weather research from Antarctica

Oct. 5, 2021

It is one of the coldest and most isolated places on Earth, but for a team of scientists and engineers from CU Boulder, it is the ideal location to conduct complex space-atmospheric research: the frozen tundra of Antarctica.

The GPS IIIF mockup.

Lockheed Martin satellite mockup dedicated in Aerospace Building

Sept. 28, 2021

A special 1/3 scale GPS IIIF satellite mockup built by Lockheed Martin has been dedicated in the University of Colorado Boulder Aerospace Building. CU Boulder and Lockheed Martin officials held a ceremony Friday, Sept. 24 to mark the installation of the satellite, which is...

Chad Keller

Chad’s Legacy – Honoring a 9/11 victim and CU Boulder grad

Sept. 8, 2021

“He knew from when he was five or six years old that he was going to be launching rockets. His love was always of aerospace.” Chad Keller (AeroEngr’93) grew up drawn to math, science, and sports, and had a deep concern for others. A unique scholarship at the University of...

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