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DANTESat [SpaceMind]

DANTESat is an Italian technology demonstration 3U CubeSat with the primary aim to provide a cultural dissemination about Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy.

The entire opera is engraved on metallic boards on the satellite. The secondary aim of the satellite is the re-entry of the satellite by means of SpaceMinds ARTICA End of Life system (i.e. drag sail) into the atmosphere and the consequently burning of the satellite, replicating Dantes descent into hell, in order to mitigate space debris problem. The satellite's radio transmits the first lines of the Divine Comedy in order to raise awareness and cultural knowledge related to the poet Dante Alighieri in occasion of his 700 years from his death. It additionally transmits housekeeping data through the beacon to the radioham community, which can interrogate the spacecraft making use of both its frequencies.

Nation: Italy
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Spacemind
Contractors: Spacemind
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
DANTESat 1998-067UU 26.11.2022 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-26, iROSA 3A, 4A, PetitSat, SPORT, MARIO, TJREVERB, NUTSat, LORIS, ORCASat, HSKSAT, Optimal 1, SS 1


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