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New computing system to enable deep space missions

A new radiation-hardened, multi-processor, Arm-based spacecraft processor is being developed at Michigan in a project led by Boeing and funded by NASA.|Medium Read

Meteor over Michigan: How dangerous are space hazards like bolides?

Around 8 pm on Jan. 16, people across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio witnessed a meteor exploding in Earth's atmosphere. |Short Read
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CLASP celebrates 2017 Nelson W. Spencer Lecture

Professor Margaret Kivelson’s lecture titled, "Magnetic Structures in the Solar System" was followed by a conversation with daughter U-M Professor Valerie A. Kivelson. |Short Read

Thruster for Mars mission breaks records

The most powerful Hall thruster the world has ever seen showed its mettle at NASA Glenn |Medium Read

Solar storm: U-M model’s predictions ‘a remarkable achievement’

A space weather tool Michigan Engineers developed was used to produce animations that show predictions of how the recent storm would distort Earth’s magnetic field. |Medium Read
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Atmospheric rivers

Michigan researchers have developed a series of animations to predict when atmospheric rivers will impact land, allowing for better preparation for extreme weather events. |Short Read
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Airborne nuclear tests can mimic solar storms

Humans can influence space weather.|Short Read

CYGNSS storm-tracking satellites release first data

Ready for hurricane season, which starts June 1.|Short Read
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Forecasting solar storms

To forecast potentially catastrophic space weather, NASA uses a software framework developed at the University of Michigan. |Short Read
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CYGNSS satellite constellation enters Science Operations phase

The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), a constellation of eight microsatellites that will take detailed measurement of hurricane windspeeds, has moved into its science operations phase.|Medium Read
A simulation of combustion and pressure inside a rocket engine. The Air Force is funding research to predict whether new designs will be at risk of exploding.

A smarter way to design rocket engines that don’t blow up

Researchers seek to understand a problem that has haunted the space program since Apollo: a flame inside the rocket engine that literally spirals out of control.|Medium Read
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Hurricane tracking satellites successfully launched

NASA has successfully launched a constellation of eight hurricane-tracking microsatellites in a $151 million mission that’s led by the University of Michigan.|Medium Read