Mita satellite

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. MITAMITA 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.

Table 1
Mass 170 Kg
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
Communications S-Band
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.