New keen-sighted satellite will view distant stars, assist Webb telescope

New keen-sighted satellite will view distant stars, assist Webb telescope

June 8, 2023

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will soon get a new “sidekick”—a small but nimble satellite called MANTIS, which will be designed and built at LASP. Like that undersea animal, the spacecraft (about the size of a toaster oven) will be able to observe the night sky in the full range of UV light.

Researchers at CU Boulder advancing more trustworthy autonomous systems with U.S Air Force

Researchers at CU Boulder advancing more trustworthy autonomous systems with U.S Air Force

May 3, 2023

Allie Anderson and Torin Clark at CU Boulder are conducting research into how humans and artificial intelligence systems work together. The pair are part of a multi-university research team commissioned by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study trust in autonomous systems—an important and complex problem.

CU Boulder, LASP welcome NASA leaders to campus

CU Boulder, LASP welcome NASA leaders to campus

April 24, 2023

“It was truly inspiring to speak with the next generation of space scientists and engineers at CU Boulder," said Nicola Fox, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. "The power of education at learning institutions like CU Boulder provide the necessary tools to make big dreams a reality and keep our nation a global leader in space exploration and innovation.”

CU to showcase 75 years of innovation and impact at the 38th Space Symposium

CU to showcase 75 years of innovation and impact at the 38th Space Symposium

April 17, 2023

Since its genesis, LASP has been instrumental in positioning the university as a hub for the state’s aerospace and defense economy, the largest per capita in the nation. This leadership will continue this week, when representatives from LASP and other CU affiliates participate in the 38th annual Space Symposium.

LASP: 75 years of innovation in space science

LASP: 75 years of innovation in space science

April 3, 2023

Space research first began at CU Boulder in 1948, when an Air Force research lab contracted with the Department of Physics to study the Sun by launching instruments mounted on surplus WWII rockets. Fast forward to the present, and LASP, which has grown to about 700 employees, is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

New $15M NASA grant to support quantum sensors in space

New $15M NASA grant to support quantum sensors in space

March 16, 2023

A multi-university research team, including engineers and physicists from CU Boulder and NIST, will build technology and tools to improve measurement of important climate factors by observing atoms in outer space. The new Quantum Pathways Institute is led by the University of Texas at Austin.

CU Boulder drone cargo senior project wins national award

CU Boulder drone cargo senior project wins national award

Feb. 17, 2023

The student team's Drone Recharging Operational Payload System (DROPS) received top honors at SciTech. The autonomous cargo delivery system, designed for uncrewed aerial vehicles, is capable of dropping off and picking up drone cargo without the need for human intervention.

Chinese spy balloon over the US: An aerospace expert explains

Chinese spy balloon over the US: An aerospace expert explains

Feb. 6, 2023

The U.S. military shot down what officials have called a Chinese surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4, 2023. Iain Boyd, professor of aerospace engineering sciences, explains how the balloons work and what they can see. Read it on The Conversation.

A star is born: Study reveals complex chemistry inside ‘stellar nurseries’

A star is born: Study reveals complex chemistry inside ‘stellar nurseries’

Feb. 6, 2023

“In these cold molecular clouds, you’re creating the first building blocks that will, in the end, form stars and planets,” said Jordy Bouwman, research associate at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at CU Boulder.

CU Boulder leads in NASA astrophysics technology grants to universities

CU Boulder leads in NASA astrophysics technology grants to universities

Jan. 30, 2023

A new NASA report shows that CU Boulder is the top university recipient of NASA astrophysics technology grants. The majority of this funding was granted to researchers at LASP and the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA), a center affiliated with the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences.

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