Welcome to MXL! Here in the Michigan Exploration Lab (MXL), we are a group of students, staff, and faculty working with collaborators to enable exploration (of space in particular) with new and interesting missions. Explore this site to find out more our about education, research, and missions.
Welcome to MXL!
Here in the Michigan Exploration Lab (MXL), we are a group of students, staff, and faculty working with collaborators to enable exploration (of space in particular) with new and interesting missions. Explore this site to find out more our about education, research, and missions.
MARIO launched, deployed, and operational!
On Thursday, 29 December 2022, MXL’s latest cubesat, MARIO, was deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) by Nanoracks and NASA. MARIO, also known as the Measurement of Actuator Response and Impedance on Orbit cubesat, is a 3U CubeSat collaboration between MXL, Extreme Diagnostics, Michigan’s Active Intelligent and Multifunctional Structure (AIMS) Lab, and NASA. The…
TBEx Launched, Deployed, and Operational
by Andrew Stephenson and MXL. The two TBEx satellites launched in June 2019 will give scientists detailed insight into the effects of plasma bubbles in the upper atmosphere and how this space weather impacts space communication. On June 25, 2019, two CubeSats developed by the Michigan Exploration Laboratory (MXL) were deployed in low Earth orbit…
TBEx Launch: T-minus 4 Days
MXL’s first pair of coordinated satellites are scheduled to launch in 4 days. This will be the first part of a constellation that we hope grows with additional nodes for space weather monitoring and technology demonstrations. The Enhanced Tandem Beacon Explorers (E-TBEx) will map the Earth’s upper atmosphere to characterize how plasma bubbles develop in both…
LITE #2 Night Launch!
On April 15, 2019, MXL’s Project Strato launched its second iteration of the LED Initial Testing Experiment (LITE), a technology demonstration mission that aims to improve optical trackability of small satellites by equipping them with LEDs that can be seen from telescopes on the ground. A successful LITE mission shall gather dynamics and telemetry data…
Strato night flight of LITE
By Matthew Szczerba. The thirty-first flight of MXL’s Strato high-altitude ballooning project launched from a skatepark in Marshall, MI at 10:47 pm local time on May 10, 2018. The mission, called Strato LITE (LED Initial Testing Experiment), carried two prototype LED panels for MXL’s next CubeSat candidate, PHAROS (Phased-Array Optical Satellite). The LED boards, blinking in…
PHAROS Lights Up
The Michigan eXploration Laboratory has begun research and development on its tenth mission, PHAROS (PHased ARray Optical Satellite), which is an optical orbit determination experiment utilizing light emitting diodes (LEDs). The name of the mission comes from the Lighthouse of Alexandria, named Pharos, which served as the tallest lightsource in the world for many centuries…
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