Built entirely in Kentucky, the launch and orbit of the Cosmic X-ray Background Nanosatellite, or CXBN, respresents a first for the commonwealth. Mission director Dr. Ben Malphrus explains the spacecraft's science mission in the video here.
Kentucky Space acquired CXBN's beacon at 12:51 EDT on September 18.
The mission is led by students and faculty at the Morehead State University Space Science Center. Partnering on the project with Morehead State University are Kentucky Space LLC, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Noqsi Aerospace, Black Forest Engineering and Little H-Bar Ranch. Dr. Ben Malphrus (Chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Morehead State University) serves as the Mission Director. Dr. Garrett Jernigan, formerly of the University of California at Berkeley and currently with Little H-Bar Ranch, is the Project Scientist and designed the science array. Assistant Professor of Space Science Kevin Brown and Student Engineering Team Leader Tyler Rose led a team of engineers and scientists at the Space Science Center in designing, building and testing the satellite.