One Year Operations of the MITA Mini-Satellite–Validation of the Thermal Design from On-Orbit Data 2001-01-2261
MITA is one of the ASI standard platforms for scientific missions. Its demonstration mission was launched the 15th July 2000 from Plesetsk by means of a COSMOS rocket. According to the technological qualification goal of the mission, it was possible to use the spacecraft operations for the thermal design performance characterization; so doing several measurements were available as correlation points with the thermal model. At the end of the thermal model validation campaign an attitude control strategy was implemented in order to maximize the time used for scientific observations. In particular precious data were collected in order to reduce the modeling uncertainties in the MITA satellite’s family, whose first commercial mission is scheduled for 2003, carrying a gamma- ray telescope. In its first mission the MITA platform was carrying a particle detector called NINA, contained in a pressurized vessel.