Thanks to Ed Kudzia, BSAE ’75, for taking MXL patches global! Check out Ed putting up patches at the Cocoa Beach Brewing Company near Kennedy Space Center and another patch at the Mayflower Pub in Ottawa. Go Blue!
Two MXL alumni were recently profiled by the University of Michigan College of Engineering for their roles in the space industry: Kiril “Kiko” Dontchev, who worked on the first M-Cubed and RAX-1, is now a power systems engineer at SpaceX, where he designs and tests lithium ion batteries. Eric Gustafson, an alumnus of Continue Reading »
We explored the radio astronomy site that has been operating on Peach Mountain for over fifty years. The site is retiring, and we are hoping that with some additional funding and a lot of elbow grease, we will be able to upgrade it to support our satellite missions. Peach Mountain is just about 20 Continue Reading »
M-Cubed continues to beacon reliably albiet very weakly. Our current theory is that M-Cubed is extremely close to E1P, potentially even docked. Based on tracking telemetry, we think the conjuction happened within one hour of deployment.
We continue to receive beacons world-wide. Testu san in Japan and his team are providing several beacons a day. Continue Reading »
Thanks to Eric Kirk and John Springmann for leading an effort to upgrade our antennas here at MXL. We just installed two new UHF yagi antennas that are phased together to increase gain. We also installed a new low noise amplifier to boost our signal to noise ratio. The antennas are shown below on top Continue Reading »