University of Colorado Boulder announces new hypersonics initiative

University of Colorado Boulder announces new hypersonics initiative

Aug. 18, 2020

“It really takes an interdisciplinary approach to think about analyzing and designing a hypersonic vehicle,” said Iain Boyd, an aerospace engineering professor at CU Boulder. The university has awarded a two-year grant to Boyd and 20 other faculty members to model better designs for such vehicles.

Emirates Mars Mission to begin journey to the red planet

Emirates Mars Mission to begin journey to the red planet

July 15, 2020

This month, the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) is slated to blast off aboard an H-IIA rocket. Since 2014, researchers at CU Boulder have worked side-by-side with dozens of young scientists and engineers from the United Arab Emirates to help them make this mission a reality.

To safely explore the solar system and beyond, spaceships need to go faster—nuclear-powered rockets may be the answer

To safely explore the solar system and beyond, spaceships need to go faster—nuclear-powered rockets may be the answer

June 23, 2020

An update of 50-year-old regulations has kickstarted research into the next generation of rockets, which could be the key to faster, safer exploration of space. Professor Iain Boyd shares on The Conversation.

CU Boulder scientist to join the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group

CU Boulder scientist to join the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group

May 21, 2020

Bruce Jakosky, principal investigator on NASA’s MAVEN mission and associate director of LASP, is one of 28 representatives from government, industry and academia who have been appointed to serve two-year terms on the users' advisory group.

Spacebound while homebound: CU Boulder students designing a satellite from home

Spacebound while homebound: CU Boulder students designing a satellite from home

May 1, 2020

Aaron Aboaf is leading a team of students on a million-dollar satellite development project to advance space communications technology—all from his childhood bedroom in Aurora, Colorado. The project will be the first CubeSat platform to use CDMA technology (widely used in cell phones).

New FRIDGE could bring real ice cream to space

New FRIDGE could bring real ice cream to space

April 23, 2020

BioServe Space Technologies at CU Boulder is designing a space-rated refrigerator for astronauts to store experiments, as well as tasty food treats from home. The first two units are scheduled for delivery to NASA this summer, with a planned launch on the NG-14 resupply mission on September 7.

Sirangelo selected for new Pentagon advisory group on space innovation

Sirangelo selected for new Pentagon advisory group on space innovation

April 21, 2020

The chair of the space committee will be Mark Sirangelo, a scholar in residence in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder and former chief executive of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems.

New science centers will explore the complex relationship between the Earth and sun

New science centers will explore the complex relationship between the Earth and sun

March 24, 2020

Professor Cora Randall and Associate Professor David Brain will lead the LASP centers, each of which will receive $1.3 million over two years. At the end of that time, both projects will also be eligible to apply for additional funding of up to $15 million.

CU Boulder leads the nation in Cubesat launches

CU Boulder leads the nation in Cubesat launches

Feb. 18, 2020

According to Bryce Space and Technology’s just-released 2020 Small Sat Report, CU Boulder is leading all United States academic institutions and non-profits in the launch of small satellites between 2012 and 2019 and is No. 3 globally.

How the solar system got its ‘Great Divide,’ and why it matters for life on Earth

How the solar system got its ‘Great Divide,’ and why it matters for life on Earth

Jan. 21, 2020

Ramon Brasser and coauthor Stephen Mojzsis, a professor in CU Boulder’s Department of Geological Sciences, think they have an answer to the question of why material from the inner and outer solar system didn’t mix from very early on in its history.

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