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Students put simulated satellite into orbit

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: April 18, 2014

WHAT:  Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science will host 16 students from the Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES) in a demonstration of the aerospace industry software, Systems Tool Kit (STK). This session will expose students to the technology used in mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering-related fields, exposing them to potential career paths.

STK is a 3-D modeling and analysis software, accepted and widely-used within the aerospace industry to model such things as orbital maneuvers in space and flight in the atmosphere. The software allows users to create complex simulations with a large number of ground, space and air vehicles using variables, sensors and conditions. Students will participate in a one-hour hands-on demonstration using STK to design a desired spacecraft orbit, determine the position of the International Space Station (ISS) and implement the flight dynamics simulator. 

WHY: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related (STEM) jobs are projected to increase 28 percent between 2008 and 2018. MSU Denver is dedicated to educating the next generation of Colorado’s advanced-industry workforce, including fostering STEM careers to benefit economic growth in Colorado and beyond, while also ensuring underrepresented populations have equal opportunities. Since 2006, the total number of STEM students at MSU Denver has grown by 36 percent, with the number of ethnically-diverse STEM students rising by 86 percent.


WHERE: Saturday, April 19, 2014 (1 - 2 p.m.)

   Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science

   Seventh Street Building, Auraria Campus (1250 7th St., Denver, CO 80204)


WHO: Jose Lopez, affiliate faculty member in the Aviation and Aerospace Department retired Raytheon and U.S. Air Force Colonel.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver - Aviation and Aerospace Science Department

MSU Denver has the fifth-largest collegiate aviation program in the country. In 2011, MSU Denver’s Precision Flight Team was awarded the Loening Trophy, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate aviation award given to the most outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the country. The department owns and operates the Robert K. Mock World Indoor Airport, one of the nation’s few dedicated collegiate aviation and aerospace computer and flight simulator training laboratories. Prior to their appointment as professional educators, all department faculty accumulate a wealth of diverse aviation or aerospace career experience. For more information, visit


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically-diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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