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2018

MinXSS-2 delivery complete

September 27

MinXSS-2 was delivered today, 2018-09-27, to Spaceflight Inc. just outside Seattle. It is part of a quad-pack of deployers (pictured) that will be integrated with the other 70 satellites on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the SSO-A launch, scheduled for 2018 November. All of the tests done just prior to delivery but post shipment were […]

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The MinXSS-2 Mission – Overview

September 9

The MinXSS-2 mission, scheduled to launch in 2018 November, improves several aspects of MinXSS-1. The primary science instrument, an Amptek X123 silicon drift detector, has been upgraded with higher energy resolution and greater dynamic range. That means we’ll be able to resolve spectral lines better and we’ll be able to observe larger solar flares without […]

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MinXSS-2 delivery date: 2018-08-02

July 18

The day is quickly approaching! In just 2 weeks, we’ll be delivering MinXSS-2 to Spaceflight in Seattle. We’ll integrate it into a quad pack of CubeSat deployers and they’ll ship us and a whole lot of other satellites down to Vandenberg for the SSO-A launch on a SpaceX Falcon-9 in late September or early October. […]

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MinXSS-2 launch window: 2018 October

April 13

We’ve gotten word that the MinXSS-2 launch window is presently 2018 September 30 – October 30. We’re still slated to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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MinXSS-2 second vibration test successful

March 12

After some hardware changes to MinXSS-2 to implement lessons learned from MinXSS-1’s time on orbit, it was prudent to do another vibration test to ensure the new components would still make it through the upcoming rocket launch. The major new addition was a power relay board that gives us the ability to remotely command a […]

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2017

MinXSS-1 deorbited

May 8, 2017
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Successful night sky star tracker pointing test

March 2, 2017
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Successful MinXSS-2 end-to-end communications test

February 28, 2017
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Beacon decoder/forwarder software is coming

February 16, 2017
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How to hog tie the MinXSS CubeSat in 30 seconds

February 16, 2017
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