ESA's Milani (formerly known as APEX (Asteroid Prospection Explorer)) probe is a 6U CubeSat mission to perform a multispectral mineral survey of the makeup of the binary asteroid system (65803) Didymos / Dimorphos.
Its main instrument will be the ASPECT hyperspectral imager, combining visible and near infrared wavelengths to survey the surface down to a maximum spatial resolution of 1 m. It will also carry VISTA,an Italian-built dust detector. The instrument is devoted to detect the presence of dust particles smaller than 5-10 µm, to detect volatiles and light organics charactersation and to monitor the molecular contamination in the surrounding of Mliani.
|Type / Application:||Asteroid flyby|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Milani (ex APEX)||-||2024||Ko ELV||Ariane-62 Astris (baselined)||with Hera, Juventas|