The first all-electric small satellite “MicroHETSat" made in Italy, designed and produced by SITAEL with a contract from the European Space Agency and financed by Italian Space Agency, lifted off from California on board of a SpaceX Falcon-9 launcher. In the months preceding the launch, the satellite successfully passed the thermal vacuum test campaign at the CIRA Space Qualification Laboratory, confirming the excellent collaboration between these two important companies in the space field in Italy.
The MicroHETsat satellite is continuing its technology demonstration space mission. The thermal-vacuum tests carried out at CIRA made it possible to demonstrate that the satellite was ready for in-orbit operations in the thermal/environmental conditions of low Earth orbit.
About SITAEL S.p.A.
SITAEL S.p.A. belongs to the holding Angel (formerly Angelo Investments), a worldwide leading Transportation and Aerospace Group composed by synergic high-tech companies with more than 1000 highly skilled employees.
SITAEL offers turn-key solutions to its customers, facilitating the access to space services and applications through Smart Microsatellite Solutions. The in-house Design and Production of Small Satellites, the leading position in the Electric Propulsion, the use of cost-effective launchers for Low Earth Orbit missions are some of the ingredients to reduce the costs of access to space. Going through all the phases of mission analysis and budget definition, SITAEL helps its Customers to make the right choices for their applications, always driven by a best value over cost criterion.