The Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) works across disciplines to integrate satellite applications with the study of geophysical processes. The center focuses on astrodynamics, satellite oceanography and geodesy, space weather, and terrestrial vegetation studies—in addition to the use of next-generation global positioning satellite (GPS) applications in lunar and interplanetary mission design and navigation.

Since its inception in 1985, the program has grown to include 112 active contracts and grants and 160 personnel including 14 tenure track and 5 research faculty, 16 research associates, 99 graduate students and 26 undergraduates.