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.
|Type / Application:||Astronomy / Technology|
|Operator:||UTIAS (University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies)|
|Configuration:||Generic Nanosatellite Bus (GNB)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|UniBRITE (CanX 3A)||2013-009G||25.02.2013||Sr FLP||PSLV-CA||with SARAL, Sapphire, NEOSSAT, TUGsat 1 (BRITE-Austria), STRaND 1, AAUSAT 3|