Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
Bringing space science and exploration full circle
The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a full-cycle space institute, combining all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and data analysis, and education. LASP has been a part of the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) since its inception as the Upper Air Laboratory in 1948.
Science drives what we do at LASP. Our focus is on the solar system, including solar influences, as well as atmospheric, planetary, and space physics in both experimental and theoretical areas. Our interdisciplinary faculty and researchers, engineering staff, laboratory facilities, and data processing capabilities support our science. Integrated within all of our efforts are students—the next generation of space scientists, engineers, and mission operators.
Science Drives Exploration
LASP scientists develop areas of focus for space and aircraft missions; our researchers define the technology required to collect data and answer scientific questions.
Engineering Supports Scientific Endeavors
LASP has the in-house engineering capabilities and facilities to support the design and manufacture of space-based and suborbital instruments and small spacecraft.
Mission Operations & Data Systems Support Missions
After launch, LASP manages day-to-day mission and science operations for spacecraft and instruments. In addition, LASP mission control is responsible for the delivery of scientific data to scientists and the public, continuing the cycle of space exploration.
Students Participate at All Levels
Throughout this process, CU-Boulder undergraduate and graduate students are integrated into working teams at LASP. Students take this unique experience with them into government, industry, or academia. They are the next generation of space scientists, engineers, and mission operators—the future experts of space exploration.