October 24th, 2006
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES OPENING OF ARIZONA OFFICE
Expansion in Response to Increasing Business
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering services and products company, today announced that it has opened its
third remote office, this one in Arizona. This office will support all Michigan Aerospace business units, but with an emphasis on
Data Exploitation projects, a rapidly growing business area within the company. The office is located in Tempe and will also provide
technical and programmatic support for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) detection, including
detection of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems, and other space and airborne system
programs. The office will be led by Mr. Erik Erlandson who has over 15 years experience in machine learning, artificial intelligence,
image processing and numeric analysis applications. Mr. Erlandson received his Bachelors degree in Computer Sciences from the
Rochester Institute of Technology and his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
May 17th, 2006
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL AIRCRAFT QUALIFICATION OF WIND
Testing Enables Operation on Airborne Platforms
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), a provider of optical products and advanced engineering services, has successfully vibration-tested
a tunable LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) receiver for flight operation aboard a high-altitude aircraft. The testing was performed
in conjunction with, and funded by, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, The success of this testing represents a significant advancement
in highly-accurate, tunable instruments for measuring atmospheric properties from challenging aircraft platforms. Michigan Aerospace
Corporation is a world leader in Fabry-Perot based devices that measure properties such as wind speed and direction, density, and
temperature in the atmosphere. The company specializes in building instruments that can operate in harsh environments on the ground,
aircraft, and spacecraft. Applications include weather forecasting, turbulence detection, guidance and control.
May 8th, 2006
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION RECOGNIZED IN MICHIGAN BUSINESS REPORT
Michigan Aerospace Corporation, an advanced engineering and products company, has been recognized in
the Spring 2006 issue of the Michigan Business Review, published by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The article,
“Beyond the Technology of Space,” serves as an introduction to MAC and its wide variety of space-related and Earth-based projects.
March 8th, 2006
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION AWARDED CONTRACT BY APPLIED PHYSICS LAB (APL)
TO DEVELOP SPECTROMETER QUALIFIED FOR AIRCRAFT AND SPACECRAFT
Contract Will Make Technology Available for Numerous Aircraft & Spacecraft Applications and Will Enhance Weather Forecasting
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), a provider of optical products and advanced engineering services, today
announced that it had received the first phase of a contract from the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) of Johns Hopkins University for
development of a Geostationary Imaging Fabry-Perot Spectrometer (GIFS). Under this $500K first phase of the $1.5M multi-year contract,
MAC is responsible for designing and fabricating a spectrometer qualified for flight aboard a LearJet 25C aircraft as a precursor to
fabrication of the final spaceflight instrument.
The instrument is based on MAC's Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology, and will enable measurements of cloud top temperature,
pressure and altitude on a global scale, when deployed in geostationary orbit. Introduction of these data points into weather
forecasting models will lead to significant improvements in the forecasting of weather events, including hurricane motion and intensity.
Commenting on the importance of this new instrument, Scott Lindemann, Manager of the Optical Products Business Unit said, "Successful
deployment of the GIFS instrument will not only provide important meteorological data points which are currently unavailable, but
will also represent a significant advancement in the availability of platforms for the deployment of LIDAR based technologies, including
aircraft and spacecraft applications."
January 9th, 2006
MICHIGAN AEROSPACE AWARDED $1 MILLION NOAA CONTRACT FOR 2006 HIGH-ALTITUDE BALLOON MISSION
Funding will Support First Balloon Launch in 2006
Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering services and products company, today announced that
it had received a $1 million, follow-on contract from the University of New Hampshire as part of a larger grant
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to continue development of an instrument that will
improve weather forecasting and hurricane landfall prediction. This follow-on contract provides funding to launch MAC's
Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) atmospheric wind measurement instrument on a high-altitude Air Force balloon platform,
providing wind measurements from 100,000 feet down to the ground. The technology is being developed for eventual implementation
on a satellite, aircraft or other high-altitude platform and has both civilian and defense applications. The LIDAR system
is based upon MAC's unique technology for making wind measurements in clear air, with or without the presence of aerosols.
Ground-based systems are currently in operation in New Hampshire and Hawaii and airborne systems are in development.
Four flights of the instrument are planned, starting in May 2006. Michael Dehring, LIDAR Business Unit Manager, said
"The technology is rapidly maturing and we are now developing versions of the instrument for near-term satellite,
airborne and ground applications."