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ENRICH-0043 – Nat/Sci: CO Space Industry (ENRICH-0043_SPAC)

Colorado’s Aerospace Industry: To Infinity and Beyond!

Today, Colorado is ranked as the third-largest aerospace economy in the country, with over 400 companies involved in design and manufacturing for the industry. This prominence represents the culmination of decades of hard work, technological breakthroughs and scientific prowess. Under the guidance of former Lockheed Martin engineer Stephen Kelly, embark on a historical tour of the Colorado space industry starting with the Cold War. In 1956 the Martin Company won the contract to build Titan I, a first-generation ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile), necessitating new and innovative manufacturing and science. What lasting economies and educational endeavors are a direct result? Discuss the early manned space missions, which included Colorado astronaut Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 fame. Hear stories about the state’s contributions to space exploration, including the Hubble Space Telescope, which was largely built at Ball Aerospace, and Colorado astronauts who traveled on the Space Shuttle. Examine the state’s current space industry, which includes companies building satellites, space telescopes and construction of Orion, a multi-purpose crew vehicle. Conclude the course with an instructor-guided tour of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum to see a Titan missile, an Apollo test capsule, a moon rock from Apollo 15, and a Colorado astronaut display. Come away with a deeper appreciation for the state’s aerospace industry and a better understanding of what the future may hold. 10% discount to Wings members.

Four sessions
Mon., 7-9 pm, Sept. 11, 18, 25, 2017
Wings visit, Sat., 10 am, Oct. 7
Location: Room 187, Sturm Hall, DU campus


Stephen Kelly is a former engineer at Lockheed Martin who lectures frequently on space exploration at Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.
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