TBEx Launch: T-minus 4 Days

PPod stack

MXL’s first pair of coordinated satellites are scheduled to launch in 4 days.  This will be the first part of a constellation that we hope grows with additional nodes for space weather monitoring and technology demonstrations.  The Enhanced Tandem Beacon Explorers (E-TBEx) will map the Earth’s upper atmosphere to characterize how plasma bubbles develop in Continue Reading »

LITE #2 Night Launch!

LITE2 - bench testing

On April 15, 2019, MXL’s Project Strato launched its second iteration of the LED Initial Testing Experiment (LITE), a technology demonstration mission that aims to improve optical trackability of small satellites by equipping them with LEDs that can be seen from telescopes on the ground. A successful LITE mission shall gather dynamics and telemetry data Continue Reading »

Strato night flight of LITE

LITE system
LITE system
The LITE payload near the wave field for testing.

By Matthew Szczerba.

The thirty-first flight of MXL’s Strato high-altitude ballooning project launched from a skatepark in Marshall, MI at 10:47 pm local time on May 10, 2018. The mission, called Strato LITE (LED Initial Testing Experiment), carried two prototype LED panels for MXL’s next CubeSat Continue Reading »