CSSWE Doppler Trends

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 which. As a result, students, amateur radio operators and even professionals collaborate to sort out which object is which.

Plot of predicted Doppler trends

Shown here is a plot of predicted Doppler trends for the Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment (CSSWE) during a recent pass. The colored lines are the predicted trends, and the vertical black lines following a similar trend are actual CSSWE beacons.