Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

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Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

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.


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).


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:

Upcoming missions[edit]

LASP is involved in upcoming missions:

See also[edit]


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

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Coordinates: 40°00′31″N 105°14′51″W / 40.00865°N 105.24746°W / 40.00865; -105.24746