2020 Research Magazine

  • Rocket launching at night.
    » Interdisciplinary

    Mission(s) Accomplished

    At 2:30 a.m. June 25, 2019, Michigan Tech’s student-built Oculus-ASR nanosatellite rode the SpaceX Falcon Heavy from Cape Canaveral Pad 39A into orbit. It’s a University first, but by no means the last. The new space race is driven by commercialization, tech miniaturization, and lower costs. Space is easier and cheaper to reach than ever before. However, there’s still nothing simple about building a satellite.

On the cover: Oculus 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Liftoff! Students, alumni, and faculty watched Oculus launch into space this summer while continuing work on two new nanosatellites.


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