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...

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...

Aaron Aboaf and Luke Bury

Two students honored as AIAA/Aviation Week "Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders"

Jan. 10, 2018

University of Colorado Boulder aerospace students Aaron Aboaf and Luke Bury are being recognized as "Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties," an annual awards program from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' and Aviation Week. The awards recognize 20 top science, technology, engineering, and math students each year, who...

The ribbon cutting.

CU Boulder partner adds unclassified development space to Remote Sensing Data Lab

Aug. 25, 2017

The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate (RS) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to unveil the addition of an unclassified development environment to the existing Tools, Applications, and Processing (TAP) Lab. This open environment will allow more third-party developers to create capabilities using unclassified remote sensing data...

Ben Fried at the NASA check presentation.

Student Team Wins Satellite Launch Slot From NASA

June 14, 2017

A University of Colorado Boulder student satellite team has won a free ride to space. NASA announced last week that CU Boulder’s Earth Escape Explorer (CU-E3) is one of three national winners in the space agency’s Cube Quest Challenge small satellite competition. The contest is focused on finding innovative solutions...