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 100 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
LASP supports the following spacecraft and instruments:
- Galileo ultraviolet spectrometer
- Cassini-Huygens Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS)
- Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) Solar/Stellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment (SOLSTICE)
- Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE)
- 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 Student Dust Counter (SDC)
- Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM)
- Kepler Space Observatory
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LASP is involved in upcoming missions:
- Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) EUV Variability Experiment (EVE)
- Glory Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM)
- Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) Relativistic Electron Proton Telescope (REPT)
- GOES-R Extreme Ultra Violet and X-Ray Irradiance Sensors 
- Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Lunar Dust Experiment (LDEX)
- MAVEN - Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN Mission
- Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission - MMS