Ship re-entering atmosphere

CU Boulder to lead new $15M NASA Space Tech Research Institute

March 30, 2021

Researchers at CU Boulder are leading a new $15 million, multi-partner institute with NASA over the next five years to improve entry, descent and landing technologies for exploring other planets.

Ship re-entering atmosphere

New hypersonics graduate certificate available

Feb. 25, 2021

CU Boulder is now offering a graduate-level hypersonics certificate to both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students.

Rocket launching

Op-Ed: In support of US hypersonic system development

Feb. 4, 2021

Iain Boyd responds to a recent article in The New York Times.

Hypersonic vehicle heading into the atmosphere

Hypersonics research paving way for Mars exploration, space tourism

Feb. 2, 2021

NASA has plans to return astronauts from the moon using a hypersonic capsule. Nations like the U.S., Russia and China are actively developing missiles that can fly at hypersonic speeds. Further into the future, hypersonic fleets may carry tourists to and from space on a regular basis.

Timothy K. Minton

Researching chemical interactions at the edge of space for more durable hypersonic vehicles

Oct. 23, 2020

Timothy K. Minton is expanding critical research at the edge of space – uncovering chemical and physical processes in extreme environments like those experienced by satellites in Low Earth Orbit and hypersonic vehicles.

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Interdisciplinary Research Theme Virtual Open House

Oct. 9, 2020

Join this virtual session to meet the IRT directors, hear their plans and learn how you can participate. This virtual session is open to all faculty, staff and students. Registration is required.

A hypersonic vehicle heading into space

AIAA: University of Colorado announces new hypersonics initiative

July 31, 2020

No single scientist or engineer, no matter how smart, could solve the challenges of controlled, maneuverable flight of an aircraft or returning spacecraft traveling at more than five times the speed of sound.

Bullet-shaped interceptors defend the United States against attacking hypersonic weapons in an artist’s concept. Such defenses remain hypothetical.

Russia, China, United States race to build hypersonic weapons

July 28, 2020

The U.S. Department of Defense is leading a new charge, pouring more than $1 billion annually into hypersonic research.

CU Boulder campus seen from the air

Three new research themes push boundaries of work in college

July 20, 2020

The College of Engineering and Applied Science has launched three new interdisciplinary research themes as part of a broad push into growing and critical areas of study.

Hypersonic vehicle in a hanger

Aerospace America: The missile gap

June 13, 2020

The U.S. believes it has made a breakthrough toward closing the gap in hypersonic missile technology it perceives between itself and China and Russia.