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  • The Rosetta Video Approach: an Overview and Lessons-learned so far

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    Mr. Joe Zender, European Space Agency (ESA)/ESTEC, The Netherlands




    MIOSAT (“MIssione Ottica su microSATellite”) is a low-cost technological / scientific microsatellite mission for Earth Observation, funded by Italian Space Agency (ASI) and managed by Rheinmetall Italia, Business Unit Spazio – Contraves as principal contractor within an industrial team, including Carlo Gavazzi Space as satellite manufacturer, supported by a wide national team of companies, universities and SMEs.. MIOSAT is a microsatellite weighting 120 kg and placed in a 500 km altitude sunsynchronuos LEO orbit. The microsatellite embarks three innovative optical payloads: Sagnac multi spectral radiometer (IFAC-CNR), Mach Zehender spectrometer (IMM-CNR), high resolution pancromatic camera (Galileo Avionica). In addition three technological experiments will be tested in-flight. The first one is an heat pipe based on Marangoni effect with higher efficiency. The second is a high accuracy Sun Sensor using COTS components and the last one is a GNSS SW receiver that utilizes a Leon2 processor. Finally a new generation of 28The platform is highly agile and can tilt along and cross flight direction. The pointing accuracy is in the order of 0,1° for each axe. This paper deals with MIOSAT mission scenario and definition, highlighting trade–offs for mission design. MIOSAT mission design has been constrained from challenging requirements in terms of satellite mass and power, mission lifetime, instrument performance, that has implied the utilization of satellite agility capability to get instruments performance in terms of S/N and resolution. The instruments provide complementary measurements that can be combined in effective ways to exploit new applications in the fields of atmosphere composition analysis, Earth emissions, antropic phenomena, ect. The Mission is currently in phase B and the launch is planned for 2011.

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