The S3FL CanSat team participates annually in the International Canister Satellite Competition. The goal of the project is to provide younger members of S3FL with an opportunity to design, build, and test a complete system with minimal supervision. Each team is tasked with the design, construction, and testing of small 'canister' sattelites which are launched in rockets provided at the competition. Teams are also expected to gather meaningful data about their environment throughout the duration of the flight.
Michigan Balloon Recovery & Satellite Testbed (MBuRST) is a high altitude ballooning project within S3FL with a primary mission objective to develop a reliable, modular, robust, and sustainable test platform for scientific and satellite systems in a near-space environment. Students have developed a robust flight termination unit that operates autonomously and remotely, a tracker that transmits latitude, longitude, altitude, and diagnostics via amateur radio as well as twitter, and are currently developing a CubeSat that will provide positive power generation for long-duration flights.
The Robotic Exploraiton of Space Team is a competition based project in which students design, build and test an autonomous rover. The project allows students an opportunity to gain experience in structural desinign and optimization, autonomous vehicle control and programming, and electrical component desing and operation, as well as many other useful engineering design tools. The team then has the opportunity to test their work against teams form around the country in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center.
The Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment (MiTEE) is a space mission being planned by students at the University of Michigan to test miniature electrodynamic tethers as a propulsion concept for small satellites. This supports PhD-level research in Professor Brian Gilchrist's research group. The MiTEE team is composed of undergraduate, Master's, and doctoral students.