Peach Mountain Observatory is the home of a 26 meter radio dish, and is located in Michigan at 42.4 N, 83.9 W. The observatory is in Stinchfield Woods, approximately 15 miles from the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. The radio telescope there was once the second largest steerable radio telescope in the world and made key astronomical discoveries in the mid-1960s.  The Observatory was profiled by the Michigan College of Engineering recently, commemorating the transfer of the dish from the Astronomy department to the departments of Aerospace Engineering and Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering.

 

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science (AOSS.)

Peach Mountain’s 26-meter parabolic antenna is constrained to a maximum slew rate of 15 degrees-per-minute due to its large size. Researchers at MXL were able to use Simulation Tool Kit (STK) to determine the angular rate of the one of our satellites, M-Cubed, during its passes over the Peach Mountain facility. The mean trackable pass duration is approximately 2 minutes and 20 seconds, with median trackable pass duration of approximately 2 minutes. This is sufficient time to attempt commanding of the satellite provided that all passes are well planned and executed.

MXL and SPRL will be using this dish for future research and development.  For more information, please contact:

Prof. James Cutler
Michigan Exploration Laboratory
1320 Beal Ave.
3013 FXB Building
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109-2140
jwcutler_AT_umich.edu
Phone: 734.615.7238
Fax: 734.763.0578

Damen R. Provost
Space Physics Research Laboratory
1114 Space Research Building
2455 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109
provostd_AT_umich.edu
Office phone: 734-647-9945