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Microsatellite Italiano di Technologia Avanzata


Designation 26404 / 00039B
Launch date 14 Jul 2000
Country of origin Italy
Mission Scientific
Perigee/Apogee 422/476 km
Inclination 87.3°
Period 93.6 min
Launch vehicle Cosmos C
Launch site Plesetsk

Has a scientific payload (Nina) built by the national nuclear physic institute of Rome. The main goal is to check the plaftorm for commercial usage but it will also observe energy particles in space and nuclei of light elements in the earth's atmosphere.

Owner: Italian Space Agency.

Future flights with payloads should be: Agile (gamma ray astronomy), Refir (Radiation Explorer in the Far IR), Status, Sage and Desertsat (Egytian satellite).

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Technical data


Prime contractor Carlo Gavazzi Space
Platform Mita
Mass at launch 170 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 3 years

Carries MTS-AOMS, an advanced device for attitude control.

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