Space Systems

PEPL

To the Moon and beyond: How University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering is on the cutting edge of electric space propulsion

The University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department's Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory (PEPL) is developing the next-generation of Hall thruster technology that may one day propel the first human missions to Mars.|Long Read

MASA Rocketry Team continues work on space shot rocket despite pandemic

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Aeronautical Science Association is continuing to break expectations of a collegiate rocket team as they work toward reaching space with their new rocket, the Tangerine Space Machine.|Medium Read
the midwest taken from space by the ISS

Lockdown for space agencies put research projects in limbo

University of Michigan researchers’ work on NASA and European Space Agency projects that have been altered by COVID-19.|Medium Read
sunrise approaching the sun

‘Largest radio telescope in space’ to improve solar storm warnings

NASA has selected University of Michigan’s $62M Explorer cubesat mission.|Medium Read
solar orbiter team member watch the sky as the rocket lifts off

Launching Solar Orbiter

For more than a decade, a U-M team helped develop the scientific payload aboard Solar Orbiter. Join them on launch night.|Medium Read
CERES image of outgoing longwave radiation. Credit: NASA

Prof. Xianglei Huang named co-investigator on new NASA Earth Venture Continuity mission

Libera instrument will help researchers study the radiation budget at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere. |Short Read
U-M Climate & Space Solar Orbiter team

“It looks like the Sun!”

Impressions from the Solar Orbiter launch.|Medium Read
Artistic rendition of CYGNSS in orbit.

A passenger airplane will advance a U-Michigan-led satellite mission to understand climate

New Zealand plane fitted with receivers will validate CYGNSS data and improve interpretation.|Medium Read
Photo of Solar Orbiter launch from Cape Canaveral. Credit: ULA

Solar Orbiter heads for the Sun

After a "thunderous launch" the spacecraft begins its two-year journey to our nearest star.|Medium Read
Image of Venus. Credit: NASA

Professor Sushil Atreya will play a key role on NASA DAVINCI+ project

The proposal was one of just four selected from a pool of over two dozen submissions. |Short Read
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Dr. Andy Klesh awarded AIAA Engineer of the Year Award

Michigan Aerospace congratulates alumni Dr. Andy Klesh on recieving the AIAA Engineer of the Year award. |Short Read
Artistic renders of the Solar Orbiter. Provided by the European Space Agency.

Solar Orbiter mission to track the sun’s active regions, improve space weather prediction

Latest ESA launch will be the first mission to get hi-res images of the sun’s poles |Medium Read