As you stroll along Innovation Drive on the CU campus in Boulder, don’t be alarmed if you hear loud popping noises coming from the LASP Space Technology Research Center building. January has been another banner month for the CU aerospace program, and the champagne corks continue to fly.
Recent NASA contract awards have fueled a decade-long winning streak at the University of Colorado. Since 2004, CU has received more NASA research funding than any other public university in the United States. More recently, NASA tapped LASP in May 2008 to build a $34 million instrument package for an upcoming solar probe, and again in September to lead a $485 million Mars orbiter mission.
Four new wins in January may seem modest in monetary terms, but each has the potential to build scientific expertise at CU, ensuring its dominance well into the next decade.
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