The Michigan Exploration Laboratory
GRIFEX was launched, along with FIREBIRD-2, ExoCube and NASA’s SMAP, on Saturday, January 31 14:22 UTC on a Delta 2 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The GEO-CAPE ROIC In-Flight Performance Experiment (GRIFEX) is a 3U CubeSat developed by MXL that will perform engineering assessment of a JPL-developed all digital in-pixel high frame rate Read-Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC). Its high throughput capacity will enable the proposed Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events (GEO-CAPE) mission concept to make hourly high spatial and spectral resolution measurements of rapidly changing atmospheric chemistry and pollution with the Panchromatic Fourier Transform Spectrometer (PanFTS) instrument in development. GRIFEX is the fifth satellite developed by the MXL research and student team.
437.481 MHz, 9k6 FSK AX.25 FM
NORAD 40379 COSPAR designator 2015-003-D Inclination 99.118 RA of A. Node 248.231 Eccentricity 0.0159296 Argument of Perigee 125.747 Revs per day 15.07249968 Period 1h 35m 32s (95.53 min) Semi-major axis 6 923 km Perigee x Apogee 434 x 655 km BStar (drag term) 0.000198830 1/ER Mean anomaly 235.869