A new center led by CU Boulder aims to improve space weather forecasts and enhance the safety of satellites in the region between Earth and the moon. The Space Weather Operational Readiness Development (SWORD) center, funded through the CU Boulder Grand Challenge initiative, will research and develop more accurate conditions of space weather, which can impact satellite collisions and disrupt communications and navigation. The center involves experts from various institutions and will tackle the complex nature of space weather systems. This significant award highlights CU Boulder’s interdisciplinary approach and research leadership in the field.
New Center to Improve Space Weather Forecasts
A new center led by CU Boulder, called the Space Weather Operational Readiness Development (SWORD) center, has been established to enhance space weather forecasts and improve satellite safety. The center will focus on the region between Earth and the moon, where impacts from solar storms can pose risks to satellites and disrupt communications and navigation. SWORD will tap into the expertise of various institutions and researchers to develop more accurate conditions of space weather, which is more complex than forecasting weather on the ground. This prestigious award recognizes CU Boulder’s research leadership and interdisciplinary approach.
Collaborative Efforts for Safer Space Environment
The SWORD center is a result of collaborative efforts from CU Boulder, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and other universities. The center aims to address the challenges posed by space weather through research and development of more accurate forecasting methods. By understanding the complex nature of space weather systems, including magnetic fields, electric currents, and plasmas, the center aims to mitigate the risks of satellite collisions and disruptions in communication and navigation. This interdisciplinary approach and collaboration highlight CU Boulder’s commitment to space research and innovation.