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From concept to satellite instrument in three months

April 13

In the wake of an unfortunate event, two University of Colorado (CU) graduate students have accomplished a remarkable feat in space science: they’ve designed and built a new satellite instrument in less than three months. Bennet Schwab, a graduate student in CU’s Aerospace Engineering Sciences department, and Robert Sewell, a graduate student in CU’s Physics […]

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MinXSS-2 communications anomaly

February 14

MinXSS (pronounced as minks) #2 CubeSat has not broadcasted beacons (data packets) since January 7, 2019. This communication anomaly started when power cycling MinXSS-2 via uplink command in response to a single event latchup (SEL) on the MinXSS-2 Command and Data Handling (CDH) board earlier that date.  A MinXSS-2 power cycle sequence had been executed […]

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MinXSS highlighted in new national planetarium show

December 17, 2018

A new show to be presented in planetariums across the country has recently released, featuring MinXSS and Chris Moore — a PhD student at the University of Colorado, Boulder turned postdoc at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard Smithsonian — who has been involved in the MinXSS project for years. You can watch the video […]

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MinXSS-2 commissioning complete

December 8, 2018

Just 4 days, 9 hours after being launched, we have completed the commissioning for MinXSS-2. There are still some issues to resolve, but we are now running in science mode and have tuned our primary science instrument for solar observations. We’ve also of established communications (of course) with our existing ground station at LASP and […]

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First Light for MinXSS-2 CubeSat

December 7, 2018

The Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer #2 (MinXSS-2) CubeSat was launched on December 3, 2018, as part of the Spaceflight SSO-A mission, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The original MinXSS operated between May 2016 and May 2017, limited in its mission life by starting at a low altitude (approximately 400 km) after being deployed from […]

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MinXSS-2 launch!

December 4, 2018
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MinXSS-2 delivery complete

September 27, 2018
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The MinXSS-2 Mission – Overview

September 9, 2018
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MinXSS-2 delivery date: 2018-08-02

July 18, 2018
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MinXSS-2 launch window: 2018 October

April 13, 2018
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