Extreme Environments



From components, to instrumentation and subsystems, to complete satellites, constellations, and mission design, we have the ability and experience to turn your ideas into validated flight hardware and software.

Designing for the space environment demands knowledge of materials, processes, and testing requirements to build hardware that can survive the harsh conditions of space.  In addition to the already rigorous testing many of our projects go through for terrestrial environments, space qualification requires even higher pressures and more extreme temperatures. Our collective experience includes such varied space environments as Low Earth Orbit, planetary orbits, planetary landers and entry probes, and long duration cometary probes.

With a large portfolio of space projects, we are well-versed in the conditions that extraterrestrial technologies must withstand.

Deep Sea

The deep sea is dark, cold and produces extreme pressures in the depths. 

We offer a variety of temperature and pressure simulation tests with variable temperature-controlled chambers ranging from 55 C to 150 C. This environmental testing provides a final check of quality and operational integrity.

 Check out our environmental testing facilities for more information.

Urban Environments

Busy city streets. A peaceful neighborhood. An idyllic forest. Though these are environments many of us traverse regularly, designing for these conditions is just as difficult as for the most extreme terrestrial biomes.

Autonomous vehicles and drones must be able to navigate moving and unknown surroundings flawlessly.  Research and development for such autonomous tech now involves integration of a variety of sensors, data systems, and algorithms.  Our experience with developing real-time and near real-time software architectures, configuration managed software development, fault tolerant design, and system integration and testing can help you get your new concepts into a system environment for demonstration and our sensor, instrumentation, and system integration experience along with our modeling and simulation capabilities can also help develop new techniques in this rapidly advancing field.

Extreme temperatures

The poles are cold, but not as cold as space. We can design devices that will stand up to Arctic (or Antarctic) chill or the fluctuating conditions of an outer-space orbit  with temperature phases ranging from -250 ˚C to 300 ˚C. 

We test extreme temperatures in our environmental testing lab. See how we can help you.


Extreme Dust

Salt, dust and other contaminants?

Whether you’re sending a rover to Mars or setting out a sensor in the Sahara, your device needs to lock out dust, even when it’s extremely fine and whipping around at 300 kilometers/hour. 

Check out some of our projects that have endured whipping winds and contaminants.

Don’t know where to start? Contact us! Xtrm-sprl@umich.edu or check out our LABS and past PROJECTS