We’ve continued our effort to help identify the CubeSats from the recent ORS-3 launch. The plot below is spectrum recorded yesterday (Monday 11/25). KySat-2 and Vermont Lunar CubeSat were heard during the pass, and there is potentially a third CubeSat identified, which appears to be 300 seconds ahead of KySat-2 and Vermont Lunar CubeSat and Continue Reading »
MXL’s ground station operators have been hard at work this week tracking the sixty-one satellites that were recently lofted to orbit. Many of the CubeSats were designed and built by university labs like MXL and we’ve been eager to assist with tracking as much as we can. The tracking has also been helpful practice and Continue Reading »
MXL students and Aerospace Engineering staff are spending this week at the Peach Mountain dish performing annual dish maintenance and prepping for upcoming proof of concept testing. The maintenance includes greasing all the bearings and gears. A software-defined radio and UHF antenna will then be installed in the feedhorn in order to test the ability Continue Reading »
MXL has been helping support CubeSats from the OutSat L36 launch on September 13. The first days of any mission are critical, a fact which is especially true for CubeSats. Shortly after release, the Joint Space Operations Command (JSpOC) publishes tracking data for each one, but they have no way of telling which one is Continue Reading »
K. Scott Tripp and So-Hee Kan took advantage of the spring time sunshine to work on calibrating the pointing of our antennas on FXB. In our haste during winter weather, we left them misaligned. We are headed in the right direction now!