On July 30, 2011, Altius Space Machines won the $25,000 grand prize in the 2011 Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation. Altius' winning business plan focused on their "Direct to Station" space station delivery solution.
The sun makes sidewalks hot enough to fry eggs, the wind blows hard enough to tear fences, but if solar and wind energy can't be converted to the 60-hertz alternating current (AC) standard in the United States, it can't be connected to the grid for use in homes or offices.
Colorado School of Mines is once again the top-ranked public university in the nation for starting salaries of graduates with bachelor's degrees according to PayScale's 2011-2012 College Salary Report. Mines graduates posted a median starting salary of $63,400 and a mid-career salary of $106,000.
A group of current and recently graduated University of Colorado Boulder journalism students won a Heartland Emmy award on Saturday for a video they created while working on the CU Science Update video series.
IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), the leading global source of information and analysis, announced July 26, 2011, it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Seismic Micro-Technology (SMT), a market leader for geoscience software. The $500 million cash transaction - the largest acquisition in IHS history - is subject to customary closing conditions, including expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.
Companies give interns hands-on experience for jobs of the future
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed development of prototype launch vehicle flight computers equipped to bring safety and reliability to future human spaceflight systems. These flight computers were financed by Ball Aerospace and are based on deployed units now being used by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in their simulation laboratories to develop software and test systems for future human-rated launch vehicles. The computers are a critical part of the electronic command and control flight avionics system and are distinguished in their superior performance and NASA's highest level human safety specification.
A $670 million NASA orbiting mission to probe the past climate of Mars led by the University of Colorado Boulder reached a major milestone in mid July when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review by the space agency.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced July 22, 2011, Colorado will receive a $1 million grant to fuel policy innovations and reforms aimed at significantly increasing college completion.