|Name||MinXSS-2 (Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer 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)|
|Deployer||QuadPack (XL) [ISISpace],?|
|Launcher||Falcon 9 (Spaceflight SSO-A, SHERPA)|
|Organisation||University of Colorado Boulder|
|Entity||Academic / Education|
Better understand the energy distribution of solar flare soft X-ray (SXR) emissions and its impact on Earth’s atmosphere.
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.|