NEWS & EVENTS
CGS awarded contract for satellite mission OPSIS – July 2012
CGS SpA Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) signed a contract for Phases A and B1 for the realization of the OPSIS (OPtical System for Imagery and Surveillance) Satellite and relevant ground segment. The contract has a value of EUR 13.5 million.
OPSIS is a mission of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) whose main goal is to provide Italy with a spaceborne operative High Resolution Optical System for Earth Observation, by developing and qualifying the relevant necessary technologies at national level. The mission will operate together with existing systems currently used by ASI and the Italian Department of Defense, contributing in this way in developing applications for institutional and research users.
The key features of the system are:
- Dual use mission, compatible with the security requirements
- High image resolution (GSD less than 1 meter-PAN- and 2 meter-MS-)
- High operational flexibility
CGS has been selected as Prime Contractor for this mission and will be leading and coordinating a consortium of Italian small and medium sized companies. The launch of the satellite (launch mass 800 kg) is planned in 2016.
With the OPSIS program, CGS will fill a gap in terms of availability of a strategic state-of-the-art asset for High Resolution Optical imaging for Italy.
Successful launch for LARES on board Vega European Launcher – 13 February 2012
Today, the LARES satellite (LAser RElativity Satellite) developed by CGS Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio, has been successfully launched from the Kourou base, French Guyana, on board Vega's maiden flight. The LARES system is a mission of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) that will enable to reach important scientific goals in gravitational physics, fundamental physics and Earth Science fields. As Prime Contractor, CGS has been coordinating the system development with the support of numerous SMEs such as Telematic Solutions for the separation mechanism, Sab Aerospace for the support structure and Temis for the telemetric system.
LARES was selected as the first payload of Vega's first qualification flight. In this frame, CGS has been instrumental for the successful development of the launcher ground infrastructures since the company has designed, installed and qualified the distribution network of propellants and of all gas and fluids necessary to the launcher as well as all networks and monitoring and alarm systems of the launch site and all telecommunication systems necessary for the launch.
AGILE Team awarded prestigious Bruno Rossi Prize 2012 - January 2012
Marco Tavani and the AGILE TEAM have been awarded the prestigious international Bruno Rossi prize 2012 of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), for the discovery of gamma-ray flares from the Crab Nebula. The Bruno Rossi prize is awarded annually for significant contributions to High Energy Astrophysics. This represents an outstanding achievement for the AGILE team since this is the first time that such prize is awarded for results from a “Small Mission”.
AGILE (Astrorivelatore Gamma ad Immagini LEggero) is a small scientific mission of the Italian Space Agency dedicated to High Energy Astrophysics and developed in cooperation with INAF (National Institute for Astrophysics) and INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics). AGILE explores the Universe in X and Gamma energy bands. Its peculiar feature is the capability to obtain simultaneous X and Gamma rays data in the energy band of 15-45 keV and 30 MeV–30 GeV. With its strong innovative and competitive features, AGILE has a key position in the international research on relativistic astrophysics.
The satellite was successfully launched into orbit on April 23rd, 2007 and has been operating since then. CGS Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio is the Prime Contractor of the mission, being in charge of design development and integration of the complete satellite.