CXBN (Cosmic X-ray Background Nanosatellite)

Spacecraft CXBN (Cosmic X-ray Background Nanosatellite)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status Was semi-operational until 2013-01-XX. Too weak signal for science mission (eoPortal)
Launched 2012-09-13
NORAD ID 38762
Deployer P-POD (Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Atlas V
Organization Morehead State University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Country US
Launch brokerer Cal Poly, Naval Postgraduate School
Partners Kentucky Space, Noqsi Aerospace, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Measure cosmic x-ray background in the 30-50 keV range.


Increase the precision of measurements of the Cosmic X-Ray Background (CXRB) in the 30-50 keV range. Constrain models that explain the relative contribution of cosmic X-Ray sources to the CXRB.

Produce data that will lend insight into the underlyng physics of the Diffuse X-Ray Background. Provide flight heritage for CXT-based X-Ray gamma-ray detectors and CubeSat technologies.

Failure cause Weak transmit SNR owing to an anomalous low power mode.
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