MITA [Carlo Gavazzi Space]
MITA (Mini-Satellite Italiano a Tecnologia Avanzata) was a small technology demonstration satellite developed under an A.S.I. (Italian Space Agency) contract by Carlo Gavazzi Space S.p.A. as the prime contractor.
The goal of the project was to design, develop, and implement a low-cost platform for small Earth missions that could support a variety of applications. The main body of the satellite is designed for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions with a lifetime of 3 to 5 years and is based on a cubic-shaped module with a 100 kg range and three axis stabilization.
The purpose of the programme is threefold:
MITA carried two experiments:
MITA was launched in July 2000 as a secondary payload on a Kosmos-3M. It operated until August 2001.
|Type / Application:||Technology, Science (cosmic rays)|
|Contractors:||Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||422 km × 476 km, 87.3°|
|MITA||2000-039A||15.07.2000||Pl LC-132/1||Kosmos-3M||with CHAMP, Bird-Rubin|