Michigan eXploration Laboratory Inside Look

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:40pm

The Michigan eXploration Laboratory (MXL) works on building cube satellites in the FXB on North Campus. Cube satellites are one or a series of ten centimeter cubes; the size is chosen for ease of packing to launch into space. MXL is currently working on several different missions, including the Tandem Beacon Experiment (TBEx), two twin satellites to measure plasma bubbles in the ionosphere that are being launched by SpaceX. Another mission, Phased Array Optical Satellite (PHAROS) is currently in the testing phase to use LEDs to communicate between space and the ground with optical signals.