Michigan Tech received a two-year contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to build a nanosatellite to monitor communications emissions from geostationary satellites. The vehicle, dubbed “Auris” which is latin for “The Ear.”
Michigan Tech was selected to fly their CubeSat as an auxiliary payload. The satellite, named Stratus, is designed to be a low-cost solution for measuring cloud fraction, cloud top height, and cloud top wind
Michigan Tech University was chosen as the winning school in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s University Nanosatellite flight competition review. The MTU vehicle is called Oculus-ASR. The spacecraft is 70 kg and about half the size of a refrigerator. The spacecraft’s mission will improve techniques that the Department of Defense currently uses to keep track of all objects in space.