The Michigan eXploration Laboratory has begun research and development on its tenth mission, PHAROS (PHased ARray Optical Satellite), which is an optical orbit determination experiment utilizing light emitting diodes (LEDs). The name of the mission comes from the Lighthouse of Alexandria, named Pharos, which served Continue Reading »
TBEx flight build
The TBEx flight build is underway. Led by Nathanael England, the MXL team is building the two TBEx satellites and preparing them for final environmental testing. TBEx is scheduled to launch in mid 2018 as part of the STP-2 mission onboard a Falcon Heavy.
TBEX, the Tandem Beacon Experiment (TBEx), consists of a tandem pair Continue Reading »
MARIO selected for launch
Congratulations to the MARIO team for their selection by the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for an upcoming launch. Launch details are TBD but we’re scheduled to finish the flight satellite in late 2018.
MARIO (Measurement of Actuator Response and Impedance on Orbit) is a 3U CubeSat collaboration between MXL, Extreme Diagnostics, and Continue Reading »
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MARINA run progress
With the initial telemetry analysis and checkout phase done, GRIFEX operations has shifted primarily to data generation and mass downlink. GRIFEX’s performance on-orbit has thus far been mostly nominal, allowing us to complete 11 runs of the MARINA payload and downlink the data from 8 runs. The runs are summarized below: