February 7, 2023

NMSU students explore new technology for the ‘New Space Era’

LAS CRUCES – Engineering students at New Mexico State University are working with aerospace industry leader Northrop Grumman on projects that may someday solve issues for military and commercial satellite missions with CubeSats — miniature space vehicles that have a big impact on our lives today and the promise of even more for the future.

This multi-disciplinary endeavor, started in fall 2019, is led by Steven Stochaj, interim department head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Hyeongjun Park, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. It came about through discussions with Christopher Long, NMSU engineering alumnus and former vice president of National Security Systems at Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. Long also serves on the College of Engineering Executive Advisory Council.

Northrop Grumman made a grant to NMSU in fall 2019 for engineering students to work on satellite alignment system and space maneuvering. The two-year project was extended one year due to the pandemic and plans call to apply for renewal when the grant ends in spring 2022. The ultimate goal is to launch two CubeSats that can align and dock.