• A satellite in space with the Earth in the background.

    Origins of Orbion: When Preparation Meets Opportunity

    Houghton is the launch pad for Orbion Space Technology, one of the brightest stars in a newly imagined space economy where small satellites are huge game changers. Research ingenuity and the right timing coalesced to propel Orbion forward following its establishment in 2016, says CEO Lyon (Brad) King, Michigan Tech's Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor of Space Systems. King leveraged two decades of on-campus research and education to launch the off-campus company and lead the world, and perhaps the solar system, into a new space age.

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On the cover: In satellite maneuvers, lunar landscapes, plastic transformations, and infectious disease surveillance—Huskies spring forward. Image Credit: Jason Makela


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