mxl_2019MXL is recruiting, and we are looking for U of M students with a broad range of roles. Listed below are a few skill sets currently in demand (feel free to mix and match parts of different skill sets if you aren’t sure which category you fit into). These are only suggestions – if you love space, are a fast learner, and have a drive to finish what you start, contact us – chances are, we would love to have you on the team!

Here is a  caveat, however.   If you apply, make sure you’re ready to commit at least 10-15 hours per week – we’ve found that fewer than this makes it difficult to learn and contribute in a meaningful way.

For more information on recruitment, contact mxl-recruitment@umich.edu. Include your resume and a summary of your skills, a few words on why you’d like to join, and what your interests are.

Current Positions: (26 August 2020) 

Coders Linux gurus, C masters, embedded code ninjas, and cloud pros needed for our satellite vehicles and operation centers.  
Operators We currently have 4 satellites on orbit that we are operating on a daily basis:  TBEx-A, TBEx-B, GRIFEX and MCubed-2.  We are recruiting operators to command satellites, tasks payloads, and download data.
Power Systems Building solar-powered systems for Earth and Lunar missions.  Developing novel beta-voltaic battery systems for the cold Lunar applications.
Multi-Legged Robotics We are adding legs to a CubeSat and sending it to the moon.  
VR and Imaging We are upgrading our imaging capabilities to 4K and stereo in order to provide VR-style interfaces 
System Integrators We’re building three vehicles and need help building and testing the systems.  
Machine Learners We’re parsing through our flight data looking for ways to integrate machine learning for autonomous feature detection.  

Current Projects: 

MC9 MC9 is our 9th dedicated CubeSat mission.  We will be testing novel shape actuation systems for NASA.  We also have some internal MXL payloads.
Operations We have four satellites on orbit that we are actively communicating with and controlling.  We perform daily contacts with ground stations in Ann Arbor and around the world.  Students will build some Satnogs ground stations and operate our satellites.
Lunar Rover We are working with the UK company Spacebit to develop a Lunar rover.  It will essentially be a CubeSat with legs.  We’re prototyping now with a possible launch in late 2021.
Beta voltaics We’re upgrading our Lithium ion batteries to include radioactive elements called beta voltatics.  Radioactive decay produces beta particles which interact with semiconductors to produce power.  We’re prototyping and flight testing these batteries.
Machine learning  We are developing algorithms for autonomous error and feature detection in our satellite telemetry streams.  We will be developing and testing algorithms on our flight satellites and ground systems with funding from NASA.
Telescope Tracking We’ve been working with the Astronomy Department to automate telescope tracking in Angel Hall.  We’d like to experiment with LEO object tracking.

 

 

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