LASP students, staff ready to operate NASA’s new IXPE mission to study black holes

LASP students, staff ready to operate NASA’s new IXPE mission to study black holes

Dec. 6, 2021

On December 8, students and professionals from LASP assumed control of NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission just after it lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida—the culmination of years of preparation, including thousands of hours of training and all-night rehearsals.

LASP-led research shows how hypervelocity dust impacts can damage a spacecraft and disturb its operations

LASP-led research shows how hypervelocity dust impacts can damage a spacecraft and disturb its operations

Nov. 8, 2021

Drawing on electromagnetic and optical observations from Parker Solar Probe, a team led by LASP researcher and CU Boulder professor David Malaspina has produced the most complete picture yet of how hypervelocity dust impacts may damage a spacecraft and disturb its operations.

New cereal box-sized satellite to explore alien planets

New cereal box-sized satellite to explore alien planets

Oct. 19, 2021

The Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment (CUTE) is slated to launch into space Sept. 27. The approximately $4 million spacecraft, a smaller-than-usual type of satellite known as a “CubeSat,” is about as large as a “family-sized box of Cheerios,” said LASP researcher Kevin France.

United Arab Emirates, LASP announce new mission to explore the asteroid belt

United Arab Emirates, LASP announce new mission to explore the asteroid belt

Oct. 6, 2021

The UAE Space Agency is embarking on a new space mission in collaboration with Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at CU Boulder. The mission will build on the success of the UAE’s ongoing Emirates Mars Mission to visit a much more ambitious target: the asteroid belt.

LASP rocket flight to sharpen NASA’s study of the sun

LASP rocket flight to sharpen NASA’s study of the sun

Sept. 7, 2021

Exposure to the Sun degrades light sensors of all kinds, from retinas in the human eye to instruments aboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite, or SDO. Fortunately, with periodic calibrations, the latter can continue transmitting high-quality data to researchers on Earth.

U.S. Space Force, University of Colorado announce partnership

U.S. Space Force, University of Colorado announce partnership

Aug. 23, 2021

Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David D. Thompson joined University of Colorado President Todd Saliman, CU Boulder Provost Russell Moore and others on the UC Colorado Springs campus to sign the memorandum of understanding on Aug. 20.

Scientists inch closer to cracking mysteries of space weather

CU Boulder scientists inch closer to cracking mysteries of space weather

Aug. 10, 2021

A study co-authored by Professor Keith Julien (Applied Math) offers a new window into the sun’s mysterious inner workings and may have future implications for understanding space weather, which affects everything from satellites to the electrical grid.

Holzinger to address U.S. Senate subcommittee on space situational awareness

Holzinger to address U.S. Senate subcommittee on space situational awareness

July 15, 2021

Marcus Holzinger, a Smead Faculty Fellow and associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, will address the Subcommittee on Space and Science on July 22. The hearing will focus on Space Situational Awareness, Space Traffic Management and Orbital Debris.

Newest frontier in national security—space—gets boost at CU Boulder

Newest frontier in national security—space—gets boost at CU Boulder

June 28, 2021

A four-star general traveled to Boulder last week to highlight the CU system’s participation in a new effort called the Space Force University Partnership Program, designed to spur research supporting the newest military branch’s mission to protect U.S. and allied interests in space.

Astronaut research facility in Utah desert helps scientists, students prepare for life on Mars

Astronaut research facility in Utah desert helps scientists, students prepare for life on Mars

June 22, 2021

An aerospace PhD student at CU Boulder recently returned from a two-week stay at the Mars Desert Research Station, which gives scientists and engineers the opportunity to test out future space experiments in an environment closer to home.

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