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2018

MinXSS-2 commissioning complete

December 8

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

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

MinXSS-2 launched on 2018-12-04 at 18:34:00 UTC, just 2 days shy of the 3 year anniversary of the MinXSS-1 launch. As part of the Spaceflight Industries SSO-A SmallSat Express, MinXSS-2 was one of 64 satellites deployed into a sun synchronous orbit at 575 km altitude with a 10:30 AM local time of descending node. What […]

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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
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MinXSS-2 launch window: 2018 October

April 13
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MinXSS-2 second vibration test successful

March 12
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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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