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MITA-O is an Italian experimental minisatellite that was launched by a Kosmos-3M rocket from Plesetsk at 12:00 UT, along with two other satellites. (MITA is an Italian acronym: M for Minisatellite, I for Italy, T for Technology, and A for Advanced, all in Italian equivalents.) The 170 kg, three-axis stabilized, nadir-pointing spacecraft carries the scientific instrument NINA-2 to monitor cosmic rays, and the technological instrument MTS-AOMS, which is an ESA multitasking sensor comprising a star and horizon sensor, an angular rate sensor, and a magnetic field sensor.

Alternate Names

  • 26404
  • NINA

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-07-15
Launch Vehicle: Kosmos-3M
Launch Site: Plesetsk, Russia

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Italy)


  • Space Physics

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. H. Kent Hills



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