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One Year in Orbit: AGILE Satellite TCS Performance
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published June 29, 2008 by SAE International in United States
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The ASI (Italian Space Agency) AGILE satellite has been launched on April, 23rd 2007 by a PSLV rocket from Shrikariota spaceport, in India.
Its payload, called AGILE as well (for Astro-rivelatore Gamma a Immagini LEggero) is an instrument for near-earth space research: its scientific instrumentation has optimal imaging capabilities in both the gamma-ray energy range (30 MeV - 30 GeV) and hard X-ray range (15 - 45 keV). It will study all the phenomena occurring in the high energy spectrum, such as: Active Galactic Nuclei, Gamma Ray Bursts, Gamma-ray Galactic Diffuse Emission, and more.
The first 10 months in orbit are reviewed, in light of the thermal control system performance compared with the numerical and experimental predictions.
CitationMolina, M., Bellini, M., Annoni, G., and Sabatini, P., "One Year in Orbit: AGILE Satellite TCS Performance," SAE Technical Paper 2008-01-2066, 2008, https://doi.org/10.4271/2008-01-2066.
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