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LICIACube [Argotec]

LICIACube (Light Italian Cube sat for Imaging of Asteroids) is a project coordinated by the Italian space agency for the development of a SmallSat built in the Argotec laboratories in Turin. The mission to monitor effects of the impact of NASA's DART asteroid impact probe, the crater and the evolution of the debris produced by the collision.

The 14 kg spacecraft is based on ArgoMoon. The payload consists of two electro-optical imagers for narrow and wide range. It will use an autonomous navigation system, an integrated propulsion system, and an advanced on-board computer to collect basic scientific data for the development techniques to prevent potential impacts with asteroids.

LICIACube will be launched on board of DART, where it will remain for 16 months of the cruise phase before it will be deployed.

Nation: Italy
Type / Application: Asteroid flyby
Operator: ASI, Argotec
Contractors: Argotec
Equipment: 2 electro-optical imagers for narrow and wide range
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion: Cold gas thrusters
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 months cruise + 6 months of operations
Mass: 14 kg
Orbit: Asteroid fly-by
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
LICIACube - 2021 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with DART