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Illustration of CYGNSS

CYGNSS storm-tracking satellites release first data

Ready for hurricane season, which starts June 1.|Short Read
image of a coronal mass ejection

Forecasting solar storms

To forecast potentially catastrophic space weather, NASA uses a software framework developed at the University of Michigan. |Short Read
Artistic rendition of CYGNSS in orbit.

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
Visualization of a CYGNSS satellite

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
Researcher inspects CYGNSS

Hurricane-tracking satellite fleet readies for launch

Launch is fast approaching for a $151 million, University of Michigan-led NASA satellite mission that will help improve forecasts of hurricane track, intensity and storm surge.|Medium Read
A model of the activity in the magnetosphere of a planet when there is a solar storm. Model: University of Michigan

Solar storms: Regional forecasts now possible

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Rice University have developed a new tool to help forecast solar storms and their effects on the power grid and communication satellites.|Medium Read
Necmiye Ozay

Necmiye Ozay receives NASA Early Career Faculty Award for research in cyber-physical systems

Prof. Ozay's award-winning work will be used in future space missions|Short Read
Satellite imagery of a solar storm

Smallsats could help predict solar storms

The Sun can be a destructive neighbor, and Thomas Zurbuchen weighs in on space-based sensors to provide timely and accurate warning of approaching CMEs.|Short Read
rocket team

Students receive prizes for simulating the best landing of a rocket booster

The goal of the class project was to control the safe landing of a rocket booster after it disengaged from the portion of the rocket that would continue into Space.|Short Read
a dark city with the words "lights out"

Lights Out

The power goes out. The aurorae stretch to the tropics. Could a major solar storm mean a year without electricity? |Long Read
student checks on the X3 thruster after a test run

Michigan design selected for NASA’s NextSTEP toward a crewed Mars mission

The spacecraft engine that will help take humans to Mars may be based on a University of Michigan prototype.|Medium Read