satellite http://michiganradio.org en The University of Michigan to lead a $152M NASA satellite project http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-lead-152m-nasa-satellite-project <p>The University of Michigan has been selected to lead a $152 million NASA satellite project aimed at improving hurricane and extreme weather prediction.<br /><br />The school announced today that the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System is designed to make accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. It&#39;s made up of small satellites to be carried into orbit.<br /><br />Information collected will enable scientists to explore key air-sea interactions that take place near the core of storms.<br /><br />Principal investigator Christopher Ruf is a professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, and electrical engineering and computer sciences. The satellite system science team includes Aaron Ridley and Derek Posselt, who are professors of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences.</p><p><br /> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:00:11 +0000 The Associated Press 7942 at http://michiganradio.org The University of Michigan to lead a $152M NASA satellite project Student-made satellites launch into space http://michiganradio.org/post/student-made-satellites-launch-space <p>Students at the University of Michigan got to see two satellites they built blast into space today.</p><p>Engineering Professor James Cutler said it was an exciting moment for his students to be able to watch the NASA rocket that carried the satellites fire up and launch.</p><p><em>&quot;They see all their theoretical knowledge come to life,&quot;</em> said Cutler.<em> &quot;They get to apply everything they&rsquo;ve been learning to a real-world problem. They get to see things that are real-world and unscripted.&quot;</em></p><p>RAX&nbsp;is the name of one of the satellites. It will do atmospheric experiments and measurements for the National Science Foundation.</p><p>Noah Klugman is a junior who worked on the second satellite, called M-Cubed. It&#39;s flying a technology demonstration mission for NASA. He&rsquo;ll help operate the satellite from Ann Arbor, and take pictures of Earth.</p><p><em>&quot;I plan on having a lot of fun with that, and getting better with that,&quot;</em> Klugman said.<em> &quot;I can&rsquo;t wait for my first picture to come down.&quot;</em></p><p>Video of the launch was provided by NASA:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><script type="text/javascript" src="http://cdn-akm.vmixcore.com/vmixcore/js?auto_play=0&cc_default_off=1&player_name=uvp&width=440&height=332&player_id=1aa0b90d7d31305a75d7fa03bc403f5a&t=V082eIa-x_nqqIqO3E-IaI732zd3k5TdPq"></script> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:15:27 +0000 Allison Lyons & Sarah Hulett 4741 at http://michiganradio.org Student-made satellites launch into space