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The GRIFEX (GEO-CAPE ROIC In-Flight Performance Experiment) is a 3U CubeSat 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 GEO-CAPE (Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events) 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.

This technology validation mission, sponsored by NASA's Earth Science Technology Office, will advance the technology required for the future spaceborne measurements of atmospheric composition from GEO, relevant to climate change, as well as future missions that require advanced detectors in support of the Earth Science Decadal Survey.

It was launched on the ELaNa-10 mission.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: JPL / California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Contractors: JPL / California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit: 437 km × 670 km, 99.13
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
GRIFEX 2015-003D 31.01.2015 Va SLC-2W Delta-7320-10C with SMAP, ExoCube, FIREBIRD FU3, FIREBIRD FU4

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