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November 02, 2011

UM Student-Built Satellite recently launched

On Friday, October 28th, the M-cubed satellite built by UofM students was launched into space. The satellite is a small CubeSat, and the first of its kind (LEADERS...)to test an instrument for NASA to be used on major space missions. Much of the materials for building M-Cubed were purchased at local retail hardware stores. The article details what a CubeSat is, and talks about how NASA selected U of M (...BEST) to evaluate NASA devloped Virtex-5 Field-Programmable Gate Array, which should process images taken by a multi-directional, multi-wavelength camera. A second U-M student-built satellite, RAX-2, will accompany M-Cubed which will study irregularities in the density of plasma in the ionosphere.

Don't know about you, but this makes me awfully proud of our University!


Posted by vacr at November 2, 2011 03:42 PM


This reminds me of that Apollo space crew that was manned entirely by UofM graduates. I think they were honored at Purdue football game. The thing I find most incredible about this article is that most of the materials for building the satellite were purchased at everyday hardware stores. I always pictures things that went into space to be out of reach for normal citizens.

Posted by: sjbar at November 3, 2011 08:54 PM

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