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UniBRITE (CanX 3A)

UniBRITE (CanX 3A) [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 will have a precision at least 10 times better than achievable using ground-based observations, and it will be packaged inside a CanX-class nanosatellite.

The Principal Investigator for the BRITE mission is Professor Anthony F. J. Moffat Département de physique, Université de Montréal. 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.

With the support of ETech a preliminary design for BRITE has been completed. At the present time, the components to be integrated into the science instrument are being evaluated at UTIAS/SFL; this stage of the work is supported by the Canadian Space Agency.

Nation: Austria, 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:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
UniBRITE (CanX 3A) 2013-009G 25.02.2013 Sr FLP PSLV-CA with SARAL, Sapphire, NEOSSAT, TUGsat 1 (BRITE-Austria), STRaND 1, AAUSAT 3