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How does Space Weather impact satellites and debris in Low-Earth Orbit?

Jan. 7, 2022

Space weather is the main source of uncertainty in the location of satellites and debris in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). All objects in LEO orbit through the region of the Earth’s upper atmosphere called the “Thermosphere”. As solar conditions change, the thermosphere swells and shrinks, causing variable drag forces on orbiting objects. During an extreme geomagnetic storm, these forces could lead to dramatic changes in the orbits of all objects in LEO leading to a much higher risk of collision.

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Visiting Faculty Position at the University of Colorado Boulder in Solar influences on Space Weather Phenomena or Technological Systems

Dec. 1, 2021

Announcing a visiting faculty position at the University of Colorado Boulder in solar influences on space weather phenomena or technological systems. Applications are due 31 December.

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ENLIL Solar Wind Model Cloud Deployment and 3D Visualization

Oct. 25, 2021

The SWx TREC team is developing a new visualization capability to take advantage of the full Enlil 3D data volume and interactively visualize the CME expansion out of the plane of the Earth. This new tool is designed to give forecasters and researchers the full view of the heliosphere in...

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SWx TREC PhD student awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

March 24, 2021

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the 2021 winners of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Swx TREC PhD student Anton Buynovskiy was among those to receive the prestigious award which recognizes and supports individuals early in their graduate training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields...

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Sending tiny life forms to space

Dec. 21, 2020

How scientists and engineers work together to keep people who will travel to space (astronauts) safe from the harsh environment in space. AGU 2020, Delores J. Knipp, Kaiya Wahl, Valerie Bernstein and Luis Zea.

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SWx TREC executive director wins NASA grant for machine learning

Dec. 9, 2020

Dr. Thomas Berger, SWx TREC executive director, has landed a NASA grant to research space weather with machine learning. Berger is leading a team that has received a two-year, $496,000 grant to design a better forecasting system for solar magnetic eruptions on the sun. More information on this grant can...

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SWx TREC Co-Investigator Cora Randall wins Phase I NASA DRIVE Center Grant

Aug. 12, 2020

SWx TREC co-investigator Cora Randall is the principal investigator for one of two new CU science centers to be funded by NASA. The program is part of NASA’s Diversity, Realize, Integrate, Venture, Educate (DRIVE) Science Center initiative. Randall's project, Wave-induced Atmospheric Variability (WAVE), studies gravity waves, which can affect Earth's...