MinXSS-2
MinXSS-2
Name MinXSS-2 (Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer CubeSat)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Was operational until 2019-01-07 (News on 2020-05-31, listed as Failure in NASA's CubeSat Fleet Missions Database as of 2022-01-01)
Launched 2018-12-03
NORAD ID 43758
Deployer QuadPack (XL) [ISISpace],?
Launcher Falcon 9 (Spaceflight SSO-A, SHERPA)
Organisation University of Colorado at Boulder
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Launch brokerer Spaceflight
Oneliner

Better understand the energy distribution of solar flare soft X-ray (SXR) emissions and its impact on Earth’s atmosphere.

Description

Better understand the energy distribution of solar flare soft X-ray (SXR) emissions and its impact on Earth’s ionosphere, thermosphere, and mesosphere (ITM). MinXSS-2 will be in a polar orbit and will have a significantly longer lifetime than MinXSS. The importance of the MinXSS mission is (1) providing new spectral obser-vations of the solar SXR near the maximum of solar cycle 24, (2) improving the understanding of how highly variable solar X-rays affect the ITM, and (3) advancing the knowledge of flare energetics in the SXR. Proposing a UHF downlink using 9k6 GMSK with AX25.

Failure cause Computer card on the cubesat failed.
Sources [1] [2]

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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