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Scan from CYGNSS

Tracking ocean microplastics from space

Satellites give new insights on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plus sources and flows of ocean microplastic.|Medium Read
Scott Hall, former doctoral student in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, adjusts the record-setting X3 thruster at NASA Glenn Research Center in 2017.

Testing advanced space engines here on Earth

U-M is a member of a new $15M institute to improve physics-based modeling of advanced thrusters for human space exploration.|Medium Read

Michigan on team selected for $15M NASA institute to investigate testing of advanced propulsion concepts

The NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate has selected the Joint Advanced Propulsion Institute (JANUS) to explore high power electric propulsion systems for human exploration. Michigan Aerospace alumnus Mitchell Walker of the Georgia Institute of Technology will be the principal investigator and director. U-M Assistant Professor Benjamin Jorns will serve as co-director.|Short Read
Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Benjamin Jorns.

Congratulations to Michigan Aerospace Assistant Professor Benjamin Jorns on receiving the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has awarded U-M Aerospace Assistant Professor Benjamin Jorns with the prestigious Lawrence Sperry Award at the 2021 AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala|Short Read
A simulation of the landing .

Sticking the landing on Mars: High-powered computing aims to reduce guesswork

As the Mars 2020 launch approaches, a separate effort is using simulations to understand landing dynamics for tomorrow's missions.|Medium Read
A student holding a MiTEE cubeset

Pioneering a way to keep very small satellites in orbit

More than 250 students had a hand in a satellite scheduled to launch on January 17th, the first in space for a project to keep nanosats in orbit by harnessing Earth’s magnetic field. |Medium Read

Caleb Van Beck awarded 2020 NDSEG Fellowship

U-M Aerospace PhD candidate Caleb Van Beck was awarded the 2020 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship under the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research for developing cutting-edge propulsion devices.|Short Read

Dr. Venkat Raman on the Rotating Detonation Engine, the frightening-sounding technology of tomorrow

Dr. Venkat Raman, Aerospace Engineering Professor at the University of Michigan Department of Aerospace Engineering, discusses Rotating Detonation engines and the part that U-M is playing in making them a practical reality.|Medium Read
students smiling

Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Dr. James Cutler discusses CubeSats and how spacecraft the size of a loaf of bread are revolutionizing space technology and exploration

Dr. James Cutler discusses CubeSats and the role of U-M in their development.|Medium Read
CYGNSS in orbit

Hurricane-tracking CYGNSS satellite system gets NASA renewal as it expands its reach

Ocean wind tracker is finding new uses for inland studies.|Medium Read

Aerospace Alumna Sara Spangelo announces a milestone for new global communications network company, Swarm.

U-M Aerospace Engineering congratulates alumna Sara Spangelo (PhD ‘13), co-founder and CEO of Swarm, a company that is developing the world's lowest-cost satellite communications network. |Short Read
Conner Stevons

Student works on a NASA quantum satellite link

ECE master’s student Conner Stevons completed a remote internship at the NASA Glenn Research Center where he worked on Marconi 2.0, NASA’s plan to bridge quantum technology with a telecommunications system. |Short Read