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BRITE-CA 1, 2 (BRITE-Toronto, BRITE-Montreal / CanX 3E, 3F)

BRITE-CA (CanX 3) [UTIAS]

CanX-3 (Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiments), also known as BRITE (BRIght-star Target Explorer), is a mission planned to make photometric observations of some of the brightest starts in the sky in order to examine these stars for variability. The observations have a precision at least 10 times better than achievable using ground-based observations, and it is packaged inside a CanX-class nanosatellite.

The Principal Investigator for the BRITE mission is Emeritus professor Anthony F. J. Moffat Département de physique, Université de Montréal. Prof. Jaymie Matthews (University of British Columbia), Prof. Stefan Mochnacki and Prof. Emeritus Slavek Rucinski (University of Toronto) are also part of the Canadian BRITE team. The Austrian Co-Principal Investigator is Professor Werner W. Weiss, University of Vienna.

The design is a 20 cm cube, chosen to accommodate the main telescope. It leverages a number of technologies qualified on CanX-2 and incorporates SFL's high-performance attitude control system, using reaction wheels developed in collaboration with Sinclair Interplanetary.

The two canadian satellites are copies of the Austrian BRITE satellites UniBRITE (CanX 3A) and TUGsat 1 (BRITE-Austria). One has an instrument sensitive to a blue (BRITE-Montreal) and the other with a camera optimized for a red wavelength range (BRITE-Toronto).

BRITE-CA 2 (BRITE-Montreal) failed to separate from the launch vehicle.

Nation: Canada
Type / Application: Astronomy / Technology
Operator: UTIAS (University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies)
Contractors: UTIAS
Equipment:
Configuration: Generic Nanosatellite Bus (GNB)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 10 kg
Orbit: 613 km × 738 km, 97.9° (#CA1)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
BRITE-CA 1 (BRITE-Toronto, CanX 3E) 2014-033L 19.06.2014 Do LC-370/13 Dnepr with Deimos 2, KazEOSat 2, Saudisat 4, TabletSat-Aurora, BugSat 1, AprizeSat 9, AprizeSat 10, UniSat 6, BRITE-CA 2, Hodoyoshi 3, Hodoyoshi 4, Perseus-M 1, Perseus-M 2, Flock-1c 1,..., 11, POPSAT-HIP 1, QB50P1, QB50P2, PACE, Tigrisat, ANTELSAT, Lemur 1, NanoSatC-Br 1, Duchifat 1, PolyITAN 1, DTUSat 2, AeroCube 6A, AeroCube 6B
BRITE-CA 2 (BRITE-Montreal, CanX 3F) 2014-033AP 19.06.2014 Do LC-370/13 p Dnepr with Deimos 2, KazEOSat 2, Saudisat 4, TabletSat-Aurora, BugSat 1, AprizeSat 9, AprizeSat 10, UniSat 6, BRITE-CA 1, Hodoyoshi 3, Hodoyoshi 4, Perseus-M 1, Perseus-M 2, Flock-1c 1,..., 11, POPSAT-HIP 1, QB50P1, QB50P2, PACE, Tigrisat, ANTELSAT, Lemur 1, NanoSatC-Br 1, Duchifat 1, PolyITAN 1, DTUSat 2, AeroCube 6A, AeroCube 6B / failed to separate from upper stage