The Info List - Laboratory For Atmospheric And Space Physics

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The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a research organization at the University of Colorado Boulder. LASP is a research institute with over one hundred research scientists ranging in fields from solar influences, to Earth's and other planetary atmospherics processes, space weather, space plasma and dusty plasma physics. LASP has advanced technical capabilities specializing in designing, building, and operating spacecraft and spacecraft instruments.


1 History 2 Facilities 3 Satellites and instruments 4 Upcoming missions 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Founded after World War II, the first scientific instruments built at LASP were launched into space using captured German V-2 rockets. To this day LASP continues a suborbital rocket program through periodic calibration instrument flights from White Sands Missile Range. It was originally called the Upper Air Laboratory, but changed to its current name in 1965. LASP has historical ties to Ball Aerospace Corporation and the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA). Facilities[edit] LASP has two facilities: offices on the main CU-Boulder campus, and the “Space Technology Building” in the University’s research park. LASP’s new facilities allow it to handle almost every aspect of space missions, itself. Hardware facilities allow for the construction of single instruments or entire spacecraft. A Mission Operations Center allows for the control of spacecraft data collection, and a large research staff analyzes the data. Being part of the University, LASP has heavy student involvement in every aspect of its operations, including science, hardware design / construction and mission operations. Satellites and instruments[edit] LASP supports the following spacecraft and instruments:

Galileo ultraviolet spectrometer Cassini-Huygens
Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite
Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite
(UARS) Solar/Stellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment (SOLSTICE) Student Nitric Oxide Explorer
Student Nitric Oxide Explorer
(SNOE) Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment
Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment
(SORCE) Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) Quick Scatterometer Mission (QuikSCAT) TIMED (Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics) Solar EUV Experiment (SEE) MESSENGER (Mercury: Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, Ranging) Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer (MASCS) New Horizons
New Horizons
Student Dust Counter (SDC) Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere
Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere
(AIM) Kepler Space Observatory Solar Dynamics Observatory
Solar Dynamics Observatory
(SDO) EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) Glory Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) Radiation Belt Storm Probes
Radiation Belt Storm Probes
(RBSP) Relativistic Electron Proton Telescope (REPT) Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment
Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment
(CSSWE) CubeSat with REPT integrated little experiment (REPTile) Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer
(LADEE) Lunar Dust Experiment (LDEX) MAVEN - Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN Mission Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission
Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission
- MMS Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSat Total Solar Irradiance Calibration Transfer Experiment (TCTE) GOES-R Extreme Ultra Violet and X-Ray Irradiance Sensors [1] Global-scale Observations of Limb and Disk (GOLD), a hosted payload on the SES-14 TV satellite.[2]

Upcoming missions[edit]

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LASP is involved in upcoming missions:

Mars Hope Total Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS)

See also[edit]

Spaceflight portal

National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR) IDL (programming language)


^ Thompson, Tabatha; O'Carroll, Cynthia M.; Leslie, John (23 August 2007). " NASA
Awards NOAA Goes-R Instrument Contract" (press release). NASA. Retrieved 23 August 2007.  ^ "SES-14 Integrates NASA
Ultraviolet Space Spectrograph" (Press release). SES. May 23, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 

External links[edit]

LASP official website Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmosphere Studies

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