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2018

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

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
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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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