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MinXSS v4.0.0 and DAXSS v2.0.0 data released

August 26, 2022

It’s release day again! In addition to all the updates and improvements we’ve made to the data you’ve seen before, this is also the first official release of DAXSS level 2 and 3 data, which are 1 minute, 1 hour, and 1 day time averages of the data. INSPIRESat-1 (the satellite that hosts DAXSS) launched […]

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INSPIRESat-1/DAXSS data release version 2.0 and new python analysis tools

July 28, 2022

The Miniature X-Ray Solar Spectrometer 3, or MinXSS-3, successfully launched on the INSPIRESat-1small satellite on February 14, 2022 on the Indian Space Research Organization’s Polar Satellite LaunchVehicle (PSLV-C52). Also known as the Dual Aperture X-ray Solar Spectrometer, or DAXSS, MinXSS-3 isthe third in the series of NASA-funded MinXSS instruments. DAXSS observes the solar soft X-ray […]

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

June 6, 2022

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, 2022

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, 2022

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, 2022
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MinXSS-2 data released and MinXSS-1 updated to v3.1.0

January 25, 2022
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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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