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...

Xinlin Li

Xinlin Li elected a 2021 AGU Fellow

Sept. 30, 2021

Xinlin Li, a researcher at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He is one of 59 individuals worldwide selected in...


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...

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...

A cubesat resting on a table outside.

How a student satellite solved a major space mystery

Dec. 13, 2017

A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of some energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth’s radiation belts is now solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by CU Boulder students. The results from the new study indicate energetic electrons in Earth’s inner radiation belt—primarily near its inner...