MCubed-2 Operations, Telemetry and Tracking

Welcome to the MCubed-2 (MC2) summary page of operations, telemetry, and tracking. Below, you’ll find a summary of the operational status of MC2 and the plan for upcoming operations. Also, we have a telemetry table summarizing recent live data from the satellite.  Plots of data received per station are below.  The Beacon Plot is a count of all beacons received by partner ground stations.  The Packets plot is a count of all data packets received which includes beacons, file downloads, and other MC-2 output.  An instance of retroTrack below plots our best estimate of MC2’s position.

Help with the MCubed-2 Mission!
To decode MCubed-2 beacons, you can use the MXL Client Application (download instructions here).

Operational Status

  • 22 April 2014 —  MC2 continues to be successfully tasked to operate COVE and perform experiments.  We recently ran our 25th successful COVE run on pic6, a picture taken by MC2 on 09 February 2014 over northern Michigan.  A succesful run means that the COVE payload processed the image, and that the data produced by the algorithm matched the data produced during the first COVE run on pic6, which was verified by the ground test unit at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  On April 04, 2014, we took three new pictures on MC2 over southern California. We downloaded thumbnails of all three pictures and decided to download higher resolution jpg images of two of the better pictures shown below. We will be downloading the jpg’s within the next couple of days.
  • 05 April 2014 — M2 nominal operations continue.  We are currently working to acquire a photo over southern California to provide additional input for COVE runs.

Live Telemetry

Where is MCubed-2?
MCubed’s predicted location is plotted below with retroTrack.