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BRITE-PL: the first Polish scientific satellite
Author(s): Piotr Orleanski; Rafal Graczyk; Miroslaw Rataj; Aleksander Schwarzenberg-Czerny; Tomasz Zawistowski; Robert E. Zee
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Paper Abstract

The participation in BRITE Consortium gives Poland the possibility to launch into space the first Polish scientific satellite. This paper presents the Polish technical contribution to the BRITE Program to be realized in two institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center and Space Research Center.. BRITE Constellation, short for "BRIght Target Explorer Constellation," is a group of up to six nano-satellites whose purpose is to photometrically measure low-level oscillations and temperature variations in the sky's 286 stars brighter than visual magnitude 3.5, with unprecedented precision and time sampling not achievable through terrestrial-based methods. The three-axis pointing performance (1 arc minute rms stability) of each BRITE satellite is a significant advancement over anything that has ever flown before on a nano-satellite and is an important factor that enables the high precision photometry mission. The paper summarizes the technical details of the BRITE satellite based on Generic Nanosatellite Bus from SFL/UTIAS. The first Polish satellite, BRITE -PL 1, will be a modified version of the original SFL design. The second Polish satellite, BRITE-PL 2, will include the significant changes to be implemented by SRC PAS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7745, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2010, 77450A (14 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.872151
Show Author Affiliations
Piotr Orleanski, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
Rafal Graczyk, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
Miroslaw Rataj, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
Aleksander Schwarzenberg-Czerny, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)
Tomasz Zawistowski, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
Robert E. Zee, Univ of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7745:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments 2010
Ryszard S. Romaniuk, Editor(s)

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