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Assembly of the secondary payload MEGSAT-0 to the KOSMOS adapter

The secondary payload MEGSAT-0 of the ABRIXAS launch is mounted to the the KOSMOS adapter. MEGSAT-0, a microsatellite completely designed and developed inside the MegSat (Space Division - Meggiorin Group) laboratory in Brescia, is the first private Italian satellite. In the first phase of its mission, MEGSAT-0 will attend on the survey of functioning of some innovative technological devices developed in the labs of the company. In the following weeks it will become fully operative and, within its manifold applications, it will start providing a service of data transmission for the remote sensing of domestic meters attended by systems for the distribution of gas, water, energy, etc. MEGSAT-0 is a parallelepiped-shaped payload with base of 435 mm × 405 mm and 550 mm high. Its mass of 35 kg is lighter than that of further microsatellites. The power needed to feed the systems on board is drawn by high efficiency solar arrays (GaAs/Ge) and by rechargeable storage batteries with effective power of 35 W and continual power of 25 W. The frequency of transmission is so high, 64 kbit/s - while the standard is 9.6 kbit/s, to grant a deal of data to flow in a little time.

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ABRIXAS - A Broad-Band Imaging X-ray All-Sky Survey
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