The Moon from space with Earth in the foreground.

CU Boulder wins major Air Force grant to track objects orbiting the moon

Aug. 21, 2023

The University of Colorado Boulder is leading a major Air Force project to track objects orbiting near the moon. The Air Force Research Laboratory is awarding a Space University Research Initiative worth up to $5 million over five years to the...

CIRBE being deployed in orbit.

Successful launch for the CIRBE CubeSat

April 26, 2023

The CIRBE CubeSat is live from space after a successful launch and deployment. CIRBE, the Colorado Inner Radiation Belt Experiment nano satellite, is a joint project of the Laboratory for Atmospheric...

Scott Palo

Palo elected an AIAA fellow

Feb. 15, 2023

Professor Scott Palo has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Palo is the Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and a former associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and Applied...

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...