2017 ~ Present

Bicentennial Time Capsule


The goal of this student team is to create the very first space-based time capsule, an artifact that will commemorate the bicentennial of the University of Michigan. Aside from designing a spacecraft that will have to survive the rigors of launch and space for 100 years, this team is also deciding the content that will be sent up inside the spacecraft. A considerable amount of the project thus involves gathering representative media from throughout the University, providing the future recipients of the time capsule with an accurate representation of the University and state of Michigan in 2017. Students on this VIP team will thus have a chance to work with nearly every part of the university and produce a lasting impact on future generations of U of M students.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Methods and Technologies

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering
  • English / History
  • Industrial and Operations Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Particularly Seeking: conduct interviews and maintain external communications for outreach;simulate and plan the orbit and maneuvers of the CubeSat

Team Advisors

Prof. Thomas Zurbuchen