The Michigan Exploration Lab works to achieve a comprehensive blend of education, research, and flight opportunities within the University of Michigan College of Engineering. The collaborative MXL environment has already yielded flight-proven achievements in small satellite design and high altitude ballooning, with even more innovations resulting from the analysis of completed missions.
Based in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, MXL brings together students from across multiple academic engineering and science disciplines in order to create a finely tuned and well-balanced engineering design and development team building science missions. By working with such a diversely populated team on real missions, students are afforded the opportunity to cultivate their own strengths and interests while learning key team-building and communication skills. It also creates a fertile environment for developing novel engineering technologies and science concepts.