CPIA Presents: Photonics in Space

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM 
5:30 - 6:30 pm Networking Reception 6:30 - 8:00 pm Presentations / Q&A

Fiske Planetarium

University of Colorado Boulder, 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309

Attire: Business Casual


Registation is now closed. Please contact Workforce@ColoradoPhotonics.org with any questions you may have.


Colorado Photonics Industry Association Presents

Photonics in Space

How Photonics is Leading us to the Final Frontier



Dr. Daniel Baker

Director, LASP


Allison Barto

Program Manger, JWST Ball Aerospace


Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Dr. Daniel Baker, LASP

Missions Throughout the Solar System

Even before the official dawn of the Space Age – that is, the launch of the Sputnik and Explorer spacecraft in 1957-1958 – the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics was engaged in the forefront of space research.  Using rockets to get to the fringes of outer space, LASP researchers made pioneering observations of the Sun and Earth’s upper atmosphere.  This talk will recount some of the earlier history of LASP’s contributions to Sun-Earth and planetary studies.  A principal focus of the talk will be the modern studies of the planets in Earth’s cosmic neighborhood.  LASP has been playing an increasingly prominent role in forefront studies of Earth’s environment and LASP researchers are using this core terrestrial knowledge to advance planetary and astrophysical understanding as well.  Moreover, study and understanding of the space environment of Earth is absolutely essential for our knowledge of “space weather” which represents a major threat to our modern technological society.  The presentation will address all these aspects and will conclude with a look forward to future LASP programs and opportunities.


Allison Barto, Program Manager JWST Ball Aerospace

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope: Search for Origins

NASA’s next flagship astronomical observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, has been under development for the past twenty years.  Today NASA and its international, industry, and university partners are taking the final steps to ready the telescope for launch next year.  Key to realization of this bold observatory was the development of ten new technologies required to answer the scientific questions it is designed to answer.  The science and architecture of the JWST mission will be discussed, with emphasis on the optic and photonic innovations that enable the Search for Origins.  


5:30 – 8:00 pm

Hors d'oeuvres Reception & Networking


Q & A


Ticket prices:

$25.00 - CPIA Member 

$50.00 - CPIA Member & Guest

$35.00 - Non-Member


Fiske Planetarium

University of Colorado Boulder

2414 Regent Dr.

Boulder, CO 80309


Questions? Contact:

Elizabeth Grant Anderson





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Fiske Planetarium

University of Colorado Boulder, 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309 More »


Name: Elizabeth Grant Anderson
Phone: 303-591-8010
Email: Workforce@ColoradoPhotonics.org
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