Space Systems

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Deciphering GPS satellites to see inside hurricanes

To dial in on exact wind speeds, researchers needed to reverse engineering the signals from satellites.|Medium Read
Jupiter's moon Europa viewed from space

Europa’s ocean: New evidence from an old mission

An image from Hubble and data from Galileo support the theory that this moon is home to global body of water.|Medium Read
Digital illustration of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun

Key Parker Solar Probe sensor bests sun simulator—last launch hurdle

With old IMAX projector bulbs, Michigan Engineers simulate the sun.|Medium Read
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Podcast: The X3 Thruster

Hear Dean Gallimore and recent PhD graduate Scott Hall discuss the X3 “Mars engine” on the new podcast “The High Five.”|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
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Celebrating diversity: U-M alum and NASA Glenn researcher receives HENAAC Most Promising Hispanic Engineer Award

Alum Dr. Evan Pineda has received the HENAAC Most Promising Hispanic Engineer Award for his exemplary technical contributions, leadership and community service involvement at NASA Glenn Research Center. |Medium 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

Is it better to live on the moon or on Mars? A scientific investigation

If humans needed to beat a retreat from planet Earth, would it be better to live on Mars, or on the moon?|Long Read
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Student hybrid rocket team takes first place at inaugural competition

The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) won the first ever Spaceport America Cup, an intercollegiate rocket engineering competition with over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries. |Short Read
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Remembering Mary Golda Ross

She was a brilliant mathematician, Space Race trailblazer, first female and only Native American engineer at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. |Medium 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