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...

Scott Palo

New $25 million research center to study the radio frequency spectrum

Sept. 15, 2021

Researchers at CU Boulder will take part in a $25 million effort to study a natural resource that’s becoming increasingly in demand: the radio frequency spectrum. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced the new initiative, called SpectrumX . It will be led by the University of Notre Dame...

Radio telescopes

CU Boulder joins partnership to pursue NSF Spectrum Innovation Initiative center

Feb. 10, 2021

CU Boulder may soon be part of large-scale research into the electromagnetic spectrum that could define wireless innovation across everyday life for the next generation. The university is one of several partners in a new planning grant from the National Science Foundation that may eventually lead to a five-year, $25...

Thermoelectric concept from Mahmoud Hussein

Hussein, Palo win 2020 Lab Venture Challenge

Nov. 24, 2020

Fourteen university innovators including Smead Aerospace's Mahmoud Hussein and Scott Palo pitched their technologies at Lab Venture Challenge (LVC), a funding competition hosted by Venture Partners at CU Boulder that helps commercially-promising technologies accelerate into impactful business ventures. Judges from the local entrepreneurial ecosystem awarded a record total of 12...

MAXWELL flatsat in the clean room.

Aerospace America: How CU Boulder continues cubesat work during the pandemic

May 14, 2020

Now that he’s more than a month into online learning, Scott Palo is glad that he and his grad students put some thought into their strategy of “grabbing a bunch of stuff” before leaving campus. For Palo’s students at the University of Colorado in Boulder, like those in other aerospace...

Rendering of the CSSWE CubeSat in orbit.

CU Boulder a leading CubeSat launcher

Feb. 4, 2020

Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's (another) University of Colorado Boulder CubeSat! CU Boulder's role as a major force in cube satellites is being highlighted by Bryce Space and Technology, a space research and consulting firm. According to...

Renderings of the SWARM-EX satellite.

Building a satellite swarm to investigate an atmospheric anomaly

Oct. 16, 2019

Scott Palo is leading a multi-university effort to unlock a scientific mystery in near-Earth space. He is leading a team that has earned a $4 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Ideas Lab to design and build three CubeSat nanosatellites to investigate the...

Steve Jolly and Scott Palo

Jolly, Palo presented with Distinguished Engineering Alumni awards

May 1, 2019

Congratulations to Steve Jolly and Scott Palo for being recognized with 2019 College of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards (DEAA) . DEAA honors graduates and friends who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge, and significant contributions to their fields. Award winners may fall into several...

The US Capitol and a CAD drawing of CU-E3.

Showcasing the student built CU-E3 CubeSat to Congress

May 7, 2018

The University of Colorado Boulder Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E3) cube satellite team is in Washington, DC, this week for Technology Day on the Hill, an annual event demonstrating aerospace technology to members of Congress and their staffs. Sponsored by NASA, the day features both public and private aerospace projects. CU-E3...

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...