SUDA in a cleanroom at LASP.

7 reasons to get excited about CU Boulder in space

Oct. 13, 2023

This year, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) celebrates its 75th anniversary—marking 75 years of CU Boulder’s exploration of space, from the fringes of Earth’s atmosphere to the wide expanse of interstellar space. The university is just getting started. In the year ahead, scientists and engineers from across...


Lightning strikes may trigger short-term thinning in the ozone layer

Oct. 11, 2021

Crack! Lightning strikes are bright and loud—violent enough to shake your bones and light up the sky. Now, a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that these powerful events may also alter the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere, even affecting Earth’s all-important ozone layer. The results, published...

CU Boulder campus seen from the air

Seminar: Science, Engineering, and Education with Cubesats for Space Science - Sept. 27

Sept. 23, 2021

Robert Marshall Assistant Professor, Smead Aerospace Monday, Sept. 27 | 12:00 P.M. | Zoom Webinar Abstract: CubeSats are small, low-cost satellites that can be built and deployed in a few years or less. They can be used to demonstrate new satellite technologies, to test new capabilities, or to provide hands-on...


Four CU Boulder aerospace students earn major NASA awards

Sept. 1, 2021

Four University of Colorado Boulder aerospace graduate students have been named 2021 Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST). Daniel da Silva, Sarah Luettgen, Riley Reid, and Kevin Sacca have each earned the grants, which provide up to $45,000 annually for three years for tuition and...

Bob Marshall

Borrowing Navy submarine radio signals to study space

April 30, 2021

Bob Marshall is studying the interaction of high-energy particles in orbit around Earth using an unlikely data source: radio signals sent by the U.S. Navy to communicate with submarines under the ocean. The assistant professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder has earned a...


WIRED: The Search for the Next Big Idea in Magnetic Field Mapping

April 1, 2020

Wired Magazine is exploring a national competition challenging scientists and engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder and around the country to innovate on how we map Earth's constantly shifting...

Lightning strikes the Earth viewed from space.

Mapping the energy of lightning in space

April 12, 2019

A lightning strike releases an incredible amount of energy, most of it felt on Earth’s surface, but some of that energy travels up, far above the clouds and into space, and a new satellite is being designed by the University of Colorado Boulder to map the phenomenon. Professor Bob Marshall has received a four-year, $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to develop...

Visualization of Earth's magnetic field.

CU researchers working to reduce cost of studying magnetic field

Feb. 14, 2019

The Earth’s magnetic field is constantly changing, so researchers need constantly updated data to revise the models that guide our navigation systems and help predict weather on Earth. CU researchers Bob Marshall and Svenja Knappe are collaborating to bring down the cost of this process through the use of small...

SpaceX capsule floating over Earth.

Space Weather, CubeSat projects awarded CU Boulder Grand Challenge grants

Sept. 20, 2017

The cross-campus Grand Challenge initiative is announcing the selection of new additions to the Grand Challenge portfolio and projects led by Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences faculty are being awarded two of the three grant awards. The call for proposals, which was announced in June, is funding one large research initiative...

Eclipse illustration

Day to Night and Back Again: Earth’s Ionosphere During the Total Solar Eclipse

Aug. 10, 2017

Assistant professor Bob Marshall wants to know more about Earth's ionosphere, and the upcoming solar eclipse is giving him a rare chance to study it. “The eclipse turns off the ionosphere’s source of high-energy radiation. Without ionizing radiation, the ionosphere will relax, going from daytime conditions to nighttime conditions and...