The next MXL satellite, GRIFEX, is integrated to a Delta II rocket, ready for launch next week on 29 January 2015.  The GRIFEX CubeSat mission will perform engineering assessments of a JPL-developed all digital focal plane array read-out integrated circuit (ROIC). This high frame rate imaging technology is an essential component for a future planned atmospheric chemistry and pollution transport mission concept from the Earth science decadal survey called GEO-CAPE. This technology flight validation project was sponsored by NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office.

GRIFEX and the MXL integration team.
GRIFEX and the MXL integration team.
The Delta II launch vehicle undergoes final preparations on the pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Credit: NASA/Randy Beaudoin
GRIFEX Launch – T minus 8 days!

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