The PAMELA instrument was installed aboard the TsSKB-Progress (Russia) RESURS DK1 satellite and, on June 15th, 2006, was placed into orbit at an altitude ranging from 350 to 600 kms, through a Soyuz-class launcher.

PAMELA’s instrumental apparatus consists of a permanent magnet, a tracking system made up of 6 silicon microstrip layers, a trigger and time-of-flight measurement system made up of three double layers segmented by scintillation counters, an imaging calorimeter made up of 22 tungsten layers and 44 silicon layers, a scintillation counter system for anticoincidence, a neutron detector manufactured with 36 3HE detectors on two layers, a scintillation counter to trigger high-energy particles.

The main scientific goal of the PAMELA mission was searching for evidence of exotic matter, that is non baryonic matter which is not included in the Standard Model of elementary particles physics, and antinuclei.

Other important scientific goals were studying the dependence from energy of the half-life of cosmic rays in our galaxy and the transportation and secondary production models of cosmic radiation in the Milky Way and monitoring long-term solar activity.

After providing the PAMELA instrument to be installed on the satellite, Italy’s main contribution was data reception from the Resusr DK1 satellite, data analysis and communication and disclosure of the results.

‣ News


Italy, France and Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the ‘SPACEFOUNDERS’ European program ‣

The Italian Space Agency (ASI), the French Space Agency (CNES) and the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich (UniBW) are committed to cooperating for ”SpaceFounders”, the European New Space accelerator launched in 2021 by CNES with UniBw MORE...

FRIDAY 12 MAY 2023

The fjords of Greenland observed by PRISMA ‣

The images shown on this page are elaborations of the visible and infrared bands of an acquisition over Greenland in May 2021 MORE...


The desertification of the Aral Sea ‣

This composition is obtained by processing a PRISMA image acquired in January 2021 on the Aral Sea area MORE...


JUICE is en route to unveil Jupiter’s secrets and Italy is onboard ‣

The European space science mission JUICE successfully launched into space.  State-of-the-art instruments developed and funded by the Italian Space Agency are featured aboard the probe. The Italian Agency has coordinated the participation in Juice of several entities, enterprises, and other national space agencies MORE...


Rivers in the tropical forest observed by PRISMA ‣

Iguazu Falls area observed by the Italian satellite MORE...