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The growing problem of “space junk”

U-M Professor Jamie Cutler describes the challenges with controlling and anticipating collisions with space debris, and how that challenge is being tackled in space exploration.|Short Read
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Mina Rais-Zadeh receives NASA Early Career Grant to develop technology needed for picosatellites

Prof. Rais-Zadeh intends to develop a chip-scale timing unit that offers an order of magnitude higher performance compared to existing solutions.|Short Read
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Michigan engineering alumni help to develop the SpaceX Dragon

SpaceX's Dragon, the first cargo-carrying private spacecraft, made its way back to Earth Thursday, and it was helped along the way by Michigan engineers.|Medium Read
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Thruster on a chip

The principle for each is simple: rather than blasting hot gas out of the back of a spacecraft, ion thrusters and nanoFETs use electrical energy to shoot out streams of particles.|Medium Read
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Chris Berry awarded 2012 Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship

The proposed emitter incorporates plasmonic photoconductors to more efficiently convert power from incident laser light into terahertz radiation.|Short Read
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David D. Chen awarded NSERC Fellowship for Earth Remote Sensing

The bulk of Chen's current research centers on the detection and mitigation of radio frequency interference with microwave radiometers.|Short Read
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‘Perfect black’ coating can render a 3D object flat, raises intriguing dark veil possibility in astronomy

The carbon nanotube carpet is about half the thickness of a sheet of paper and absorbs 99.9 percent of the light that hits it.|Medium Read
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Iverson Bell awarded NSF Fellowship for Research in Space Propulsion

Bell is investigating how to use an electrodynamic, propellantless propulsion concept to push against the Earth's magnetic field in order to maneuver satellites and counteract drag.|Short Read
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Chris Berry awarded Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship

Berry is designing an emitter to operate as a light-weight, local oscillator for a terahertz spectroscopy system suitable for use in space.|Short Read
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Kamal Sarabandi honored with 2011 IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award

Sarabandi's research encompasses a range of topics in the area of applied electromagnetics, and has been principal investigator on NASA projects related to remote sensing. |Short Read
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Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights

Moghaddam will oversee the design and fabrication of the AirMOSS instrument, a high-powered, low-frequency radar that NASA/JPL collaborators will build for the project.|Short Read
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Ruzbeh Akbar receives NASA Fellowship for SMAP Mission Research

SMAP is a satellite mission for mapping surface soil moisture and freeze/thaw states for the purpose of scientific advances and societal benefits.|Short Read