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New hypersonic lab on the way

“Scramjet” technology, the focus of the research to be conducted in the lab, could underpin reusable space rockets, drones that could launch from the US and reach any location on the planet in under three hours, and perhaps even a 3-hour flight from New York to Tokyo.|Medium Read
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Asteroid mining: Is it worth it?

The task of selecting promising asteroids and traveling to them is the first step in a complicated and vastly expensive operation.|Short Read
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Hasso Niemann (1933-2013): From Michigan to probing deep space

"He touched so many people scientifically and personally."|Medium Read
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Eric Gustafson: Exploring distant worlds

Just two years after earning his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at U-M, Eric Gustafson helped steer the Mars rover Curiosity to its landing site in the Gale Crater.|Short Read
Jamie Cutler and Kiko Dontchev, now old friends, clasping hands.

Kiko Dontchev: Changing the game

Michigan Engineering alum Kiko Dontchev never planned to work on spacecrafts for a living, yet he now works as a power systems engineer at SpaceX, designing and testing lithium ion batteries.|Short Read
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Mars Science Lab update: What remains of Mars’ atmosphere is still dynamic

Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains active, according to recent findings from the Mars Science Laboratory.|Medium Read
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Satellites in a box

CubeSats are sparking innovation and providing easier access to space.|Short Read
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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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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