We recently submitted a design paper on the attitude determination subsystem of the RAX-1 and RAX-2 satellites to the journal Acta Astronautica. This subsystem was custom developed by MXL, and it utilizes magnetometers, photodiodes, rate gyroscopes, and an extended Kalman filter to achieve better than 5 degree angular accuracy. The paper covers the complete Continue Reading »
Rob Meyerson from Blue Origin was on campus today to give a presentation at one of the department’s seminar series. He visited MXL to chat with some of our students. Thanks for stopping by, Mr. Meyerson!
This past weekend, we launched a training balloon mission to 95K feet. The goal was to introduce new students to stratospheric flight with high altitude balloons. We launched several tracking systems and imaging systems. Here is the view of Irish Hills in southeast Michigan. You can see all the lakes glinting in the sun. Opposite Continue Reading »
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The launch date for RAX-2 and M-Cubed has slipped two days to October 27, 2011.
According to NASA:
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“The launch of the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is rescheduled to Oct. 27.
Two items have resulted in additional work to be performed on the NPP launch vehicle