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SpIRIT [University of Melbourne]

The SpIRIT (Space Industry Responsive Intelligent Thermal Nanosatellite) is an Australian-Italian 6U CubeSats supported in Australia by the Australian Space Agencys International Space Investment Expand Capability scheme.

The satellite has following objectives:

  • A high-performance Australian-designed and made spacecraft platform (Apogee satellite bus by Inovor Technologies), capable of competing with international suppliers.
  • One main science payload for advanced gamma and x-ray remote sensing the HERMES instrument, developed with funding by the Italian Space Agency (HERMES Technological Pathfinder) and by the European Commission H2020 framework (HERMES Scientific Pathfinder).
  • Innovative made-in-Australia products to be space qualified for IP generation, including: The Neumann Space Thruster, a novel high efficiency electric propulsion solution ideally suited for applications in Lunar orbit and beyond Earth; The University of Melbourne Thermal Management Integrated System (TheMIS) for precision temperature control of sensitive instrumentation; The University of Melbourne Mercury module for adaptive autonomous low-latency communications; and The University of Melbourne Payload Management System, designed to facilitate integration of complex instrumentation in off-the-shelf satellite platforms, and to reliably control their operations and carry out advanced data processing on-board.
  • Demonstration of an efficient ground segment capable of receiving operations requests, applying user priority levels, and making complex decisions about tasking of multi-band and multi-network satellite communications, opening new opportunities for rapid satellite re-tasking and data dissemination
Nation: Australia, Italy
Type / Application: Technology, astronomy, Gamma ray, X-ray
Operator: University of Melbourne
Contractors: University of Melbourne
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Mass: 11.5 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
SpIRIT 2023-185G 01.12.2023 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with 425 Project EO/IR Sat 1, HETsat, GNOMES 4, KOYOH, Bane, ION-SCV 015, ALISIO 1, LOGSATS, NanoFF A, B, Unicorn 2L, 2M, 2N, MDQube-SAT 2, SpIRIT, Lilium 1, EIRSAT 1, ENSO, Hayasat 1

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