The MITA satellite has been built under an ASI (Italian Space Agency) contract by Carlo Gavazzi Space to implement a low cost platform for small Earth missions; its main characteristics are shown in Table 1. MITA represents a new generation of satellite architecture based on modular criteria that allow to build up a mission in short periods (about 2 years), taking advantage from the big flexibility for payloads and launchers. The satellite is placed in a circular polar orbit of 460 km height and 87.3 degrees of inclination.
|Dimensions||180 x 160 x 84 cm3|
|Average (peak) power cons.||85 (120) W|
|Attitude Control System||3 axis stabilized, Earth point.|
|Attitude Accuracy||1 degree / axis|
|Telemetry||512 Kbps - ESA Standard|
|Telecommand Uploads||4 Kbps|
|Mass Memory||64 MBytes|
|Payload Mass||30 Kg|
|Payload Power Budget||40 W|
|Solar Panels||2 x 1.33 m2 - GaAs|
In the first launch MITA hosted the NINA-2 detector and the technological payload MTS-AOMS (Micro Tech
Sensor for Attitude and Orbit Measurements System).
MITA is equipped with two 3-axis magnetometers. Magnetometer data are used for ACS (Attitude and Control System) and provide also data for in flight software and off-line analysis to correlate the particle fluxes with detailed measurements of the magnetic field.