PHAROS Lights Up

LED testing
LED testing
Adolfo Apolloni helping out with LED characterization tests in MXL.

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

TBE during integration

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 »

Back online!

It’s been awhile, but we’re back online!  Our web site rebuild was delayed due to flight builds, eclipses, and summer travel!  Looking forward to posting again.  Be sure to stay updated on our Facebook Page as well!

The team checks out TBEx during testing.
The team checks out TBEx during testing. It worked!

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:

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