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INSPIRESat-1/DAXSS (AKA MinXSS-3) Level 1 data available

June 6

INSPIRESat-1 launched on 2022-02-14 into a sun-synchronous, dawn-dusk orbit. That means that it almost never experiences orbit eclipse and therefore has an almost entirely uninterrupted view of the sun. Even in the <4 months since launch, hundreds of solar flares have been observed. Not all of the DAXSS data for them have been downlinked yet, […]

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MinXSS-3 (INSPIRESat-1) first light!

March 7

Just a couple weeks after deployment, we’ve been able to turn on the Dual-zone Aperture X-ray Solar Spectrometer (DAXSS), the upgraded successor to the primary instrument on MinXSS. DAXSS has high dynamic range due to dual-zone aperture (which we published about here) as well as improved energy resolution. That improvement is what you can see […]

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INSPIRESat-1/MinXSS-3 launched and working!

February 14

The launch occurred right on time and without a hitch! INSPIRESat-1 was deployed at 2022-02-14 00:47:31.5 UT into the planned polar orbit, circling the world right along the “terminator”, that 6 AM/6PM time that is always in the sun. Here is one of the many stories that have been published about the mission, this one […]

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MinXSS-3 (AKA INSPIRESat-1) launch upcoming: 2022-02-14 00:29 UTC

February 8

INSPIRESat-1 is scheduled to launch later this week from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. It will be an early morning launch at 05:59 local time (2022-02-14 00:29 UTC or 2022-02-13 17:29 MT). INSPIRESat-1 contains two scientific instruments onboard, the Compact Ionosphere Probe (CIP) and the Dual-zone Aperture X-ray Solar Spectrometer (DAXSS). DAXSS […]

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MinXSS-2 data released and MinXSS-1 updated to v3.1.0

January 25

The MinXSS version 3.1.0 data products are now publicly available. The links on our website have been updated (IDL saveset format) and the archive is now also available from the NASA Space Physics Data Facility archive (netCDF3 format). The code on GitHub has also formalized the release, so you can see the code that was […]

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MinXSS-1 v2.0.0 data archive released

June 5, 2020
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From concept to satellite instrument in three months

April 13, 2019
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MinXSS-2 communications anomaly

February 14, 2019
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MinXSS highlighted in new national planetarium show

December 17, 2018
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MinXSS-2 commissioning complete

December 8, 2018
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