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Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) - A Science-Oriented, University 3U CubeSat View all abstracts by submitter

Amir Caspi   Submitted: 2016-08-17 14:55

The Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) is a 3-Unit (3U) CubeSat developed at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU). Over 40 students contributed to the project with professional mentorship and technical contributions from professors in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department at CU and from LASP scientists and engineers. The scientific objective of MinXSS is to study processes in the dynamic Sun, from quiet-Sun to solar flares, and to further understand how these changes in the Sun influence the Earth's atmosphere by providing unique spectral measurements of solar soft x-rays (SXRs). The enabling technology providing the advanced solar SXR spectral measurements is the Amptek X123, a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) silicon drift detector (SDD). The Amptek X123 has a low mass (~324 g after modification), modest power consumption (~2.50 W), and small volume (6.86 cm x 9.91 cm x 2.54 cm), making it ideal for a CubeSat. This paper provides an overview of the MinXSS mission: the science objectives, project history, subsystems, and lessons learned that can be useful for the small-satellite community.

Authors: James Paul Mason, Thomas N. Woods, Amir Caspi, Phillip Chamberlin, Christopher Moore, Andrew Jones, Rick Kohnert, Xinlin Li, Scott Palo, & Stanley Solomon
Projects: MinXSS

Publication Status: Published -- Mason et al. 2016, J. Spacecraft Rockets, 53, 328; DOI: 10.2514/1.A33351
Last Modified: 2019-08-27 10:10
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