Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


The Michigan Daily takes in-depth look at SPRL

Posted: September 22, 2014

The Michigan Daily takes in-depth look at SPRL

A recent article in the Michigan Daily describes the history, milestones and future of the Space Physics Research Laboratory (SPRL).

The article, titled, “The ‘U’ takes on a new era in space,” provides an in-depth look at the beginning of the SPRL during the Space Race era.

“Following the capture of hundreds of V-2 rockets from the Germans at the end of WWII, two University researchers were awarded grants from the Air Force to develop and mount scientific instruments to be launched into the upper atmosphere — marking the beginning of the University’s commitment to space sciences,” the article states.

Those two researchers were William Dow, who served as the founder and original director of the SPRL, and Emerson Conlon, who founded the High Altitude Engineering Laboratory out of the aeronautical engineering department.

The article goes on to describe the current SPRL facilities and the challenges facing SPRL today. Faculty members Chris Ruf, Len Fisk, Tamas Gombosi, Andy Nagy and George Carignan are all quoted in the story.

To read the piece, please visit the Michigan Daily.

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