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MinXSS-2 CubeSat mission overview: Improvements from the successful MinXSS-1 mission View all abstracts by submitter

Amir Caspi   Submitted: 2020-06-09 12:32

The second Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS-2) CubeSat, which begins its flight in late 2018, builds on the success of MinXSS-1, which flew from 2016-05-16 to 2017-05-06. The science instrument is more advanced – now capable of greater dynamic range with higher energy resolution. More data will be captured on the ground than was possible with MinXSS-1 thanks to a sun-synchronous, polar orbit and technical improvements to both the spacecraft and the ground network. Additionally, a new open-source beacon decoder for amateur radio operators is available that can automatically forward any captured MinXSS data to the operations and science team. While MinXSS-1 was only able to downlink about 1 MB of data per day corresponding to a data capture rate of about 1%, MinXSS-2 will increase that by at least a factor of 6. This increase of data capture rate in combination with the mission’s longer orbital lifetime will be used to address new science questions focused on how coronal soft X-rays vary over solar cycle timescales and what impact those variations have on the earth’s upper atmosphere.

Authors: James Paul Mason, Thomas N. Woods, Phillip C. Chamberlin, Andrew Jones, Rick Kohnert, Bennet Schwab, Robert Sewell, Amir Caspi, Christopher S. Moore, Scott Palo, Stanley C. Solomon, Harry Warren
Projects: MinXSS

Publication Status: Published -- Mason et al. 2020, Adv. Space Res., 66, 3; DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2019.02.011
Last Modified: 2020-06-10 08:54
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