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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!

http://www.ur.umich.edu/update/archives/111026/cubesat

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

Comments

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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