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The Washington Post: April 8, 2021
The revolution in satellite technology means there are swarms of spacecraft no bigger than a loaf of bread in orbitThe Washington Post features the history and use of CubeSats, including the University of Michigan’s MiTEE project led by Prof. Brian Gilchrist.
A MiTEE student and her quest to shape the future of space satellites
Maya Pandya, an Electrical Engineering senior, is a key member of the student team working to design a new generation of CubeSats that may revolutionize how we monitor space environments and provide a new method for interplanetary communication.
Redesigning an Electrical Engineering curriculum with a focus on systems principles and engineering design
With new courses at the freshman, sophomore, and junior levels, Michigan ECE is training tomorrow’s engineers to be leaders in a diverse workforce in service to society
Pioneering a way to keep very small satellites in orbit
More than 250 students had a hand in a satellite launching on January 10th, the first in space for a project to keep nanosats in orbit by harnessing Earth’s magnetic field.
84 internships and research fellowships for the pandemic summer
When summer internships fell through, Michigan Engineering staff scrambled to make sure students would still have access to experiential learning.
Building CubeSats to test electrodynamic tethering in space with MiTEEMi-TEE (Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment) is a University of Engineering project directed by Prof. Brian Gilchrist that aims to test the tethering technology in space.
Beyond Apollo 11: U-M ECE’s role in advancing space exploration
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, U-M ECE takes a look back – and a look forward – to how our professors, students, and alums have made their mark on the field.
Brian E. Gilchrist2006–2008 | Interim Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The Radlab: People in Service to SocietyU-M’s Radlab is known worldwide for their contributions to Applied Electromagnetics.
Iverson Bell – Researching the future of space satellites
Mr. Bell is investigating the potential of electrodynamic tether propulsion technology to enhance the capabilities of an emerging class of smartphone-sized satellites.
‘Space tethers’ can be used to fling spacecraft into interplanetary space
The tether could be used to deorbit out-of-use spacecraft, push spacecraft from low Earth orbit into higher orbits, or even push spacecraft out of Earth’s orbit altogether.
Iverson Bell’s small satellite wins big
Iverson developed an experimental facility to simulate key characteristics of the space environment.
Iverson Bell awarded NSF Fellowship for Research in Space Propulsion
Bell is investigating how to use an electrodynamic, propellantless propulsion concept to push against the Earth’s magnetic field in order to maneuver satellites and counteract drag.