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2018

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

MinXSS-1 burned up in the earth’s atmosphere this weekend. After a week of rapid altitude decay due to exponentially increasing atmospheric drag at lower altitudes (see plot below), MinXSS-1 finally deorbited. The last contact from the spacecraft came from an Australian HAM operator, VK2FAK, at 2017-05-06 02:37:26 UTC. The data have been decoded and are shown below […]

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Successful night sky star tracker pointing test

March 2, 2017

Tonight we took the lens cap off of the star camera on MinXSS-2, put the spacecraft on our homemade air bearing table and looked at the Colorado night sky from a mile high. We had a laptop outside connected to the wifi at LASP and so could monitor the real time telemetry beaconed from the […]

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Successful MinXSS-2 end-to-end communications test

February 28, 2017

Just like we did for MinXSS-1 in 2015, this morning we brought MinXSS-2 up to Davidson Mesa several miles away from LASP. We had already tied down the deployable solar panels and antenna so that we could verify they opened at the right time. We pulled the pin on the spacecraft, which turns on the […]

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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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NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator visits

February 16, 2017
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9 months operating on orbit, anticipate de-orbit in late May

February 16, 2017
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2016

6 months on orbit! A few more to go

November 17, 2016
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