In the Microsatellite Laboratory of the University of Bologna a project was started in 2003, aimed at the development of a multipurpose microsatellite platform named ALMASat. The launch into orbit of the first prototype ALMASat-1 is currently foreseen by the end of 2008. One of the natural applications of the modular ALMASat platform is in the field of space-based Earth observation. At this aim an enhanced version of the original bus is currently under development, with the goal of designing and demonstrating the feasibility of a low-cost Earth observation mission based on the technological achievements obtained by the ALMASat project. This paper summarizes the main characteristics of the ALMASat-1 spacecraft and describes the current status of the design and development of the ALMASat-EO (Earth Observation) spacecraft bus and optical payload whose launch into orbit is currently scheduled at the end of 2010.

An Enhanced ALMASat Bus for Multispectral Earth Observation

MELEGA, NICOLA;GRAZIANI, ALBERTO;TORTORA, PAOLO
2007

Abstract

In the Microsatellite Laboratory of the University of Bologna a project was started in 2003, aimed at the development of a multipurpose microsatellite platform named ALMASat. The launch into orbit of the first prototype ALMASat-1 is currently foreseen by the end of 2008. One of the natural applications of the modular ALMASat platform is in the field of space-based Earth observation. At this aim an enhanced version of the original bus is currently under development, with the goal of designing and demonstrating the feasibility of a low-cost Earth observation mission based on the technological achievements obtained by the ALMASat project. This paper summarizes the main characteristics of the ALMASat-1 spacecraft and describes the current status of the design and development of the ALMASat-EO (Earth Observation) spacecraft bus and optical payload whose launch into orbit is currently scheduled at the end of 2010.
Atti del XIX Congresso Nazionale A.I.D.A.A.
N. Melega; A. Graziani; P. Tortora
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