The CubeSat Ambipolar Thruster (CAT) began its Kickstarter campaign this week! MXL is working in collaboration with Prof. Benjamin Longmier and PEPL to demonstrate a new propulsion system powered by the Sun and propelled by water, which will push small satellites like CubeSats around and far beyond the Earth. Check out details of the project Continue Reading »
We’ve continued our effort to help identify the CubeSats from the recent ORS-3 launch. The plot below is spectrum recorded yesterday (Monday 11/25). KySat-2 and Vermont Lunar CubeSat were heard during the pass, and there is potentially a third CubeSat identified, which appears to be 300 seconds ahead of KySat-2 and Vermont Lunar CubeSat and Continue Reading »
Congrats to all the recent missions launched into orbit this week. 32 satellites rocketed to orbit yesterday on a Dnepr and 29 flew on board a Minotaur-I launched from Virginia earlier in the week. Below is a great picture of the Minotaur launch.
JPL has been in town the last two weeks recruiting and visiting with UMich students. They have another info session next Monday night, 9/30. See below for details.
NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative recently selected a space mission supported by the The Michigan Exploration Laboratory at the University of Michigan in partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This mission, the Interplanetary NanoSpacecraft Pathfinder In Relevant Environment (INSPIRE), will pave the way into deep space for CubeSat-class missions and open up additional opportunities for heliophysics Continue Reading »