In 1992, the NASA and the ASI orbited Lageos-2 (Laser Geodynamics Satellites), the successor to Lageos-1, aimed at precisely defining the shape of Earth, determining the movements of the tectonic plates due to the continental drift and measuring some general relativity parameters theorized by Einstein, with a 10% precision.

Lageos-2 was launched from the Space Shuttle Columbia’s cargo bay by the Iris (Italian Research Interim Stage) propulsion system.

Iris, which transferred Lageos-2 at an altitude of about 6000 km, was developed by Alenia and Snia Bpd (Fiat group) for the motor part.

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FRIDAY 01 JULY 2022

PRISMA for Chlorophyll Concentration Retrieval of Inland Waters ‣

PRISMA captures the Varese Lake MORE...

FRIDAY 17 JUNE 2022

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 17/06/2022 – PRISMA for “rising up from drought together” ‣

The hyperspectral satellite PRISMA of the Italian Space Agency contributes to environmental monitoring by measuring in detail the properties of the Earth surface MORE...

THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2022

ARTEMIS MISSION: SIGNED AGREEMENT BETWEEN ASI AND NASA ‣

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) will cooperate with NASA to conduct a preliminary design study of the Lunar Surface multi-purpose Habitation Module(s) proposed by ASI for the Artemis program. The agreement has been signed by the President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), Giorgio Saccoccia, and the Administrator of NASA, Bill Nelson MORE...

WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2022

NASA, Partner Agency Leaders to Talk to Space Station Astronauts ‣

On June 17 at  1:40 p.m NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Giorgio Saccoccia, and U.S. embassy leadership will speak with astronauts aboard the ISS MORE...

SATURDAY 04 JUNE 2022

Material detection based on PRISMA data: photovoltaic panel detection ‣

The prototypal processor “Material detection” has been developed in the framework of the ASI project “Sviluppo di Prodotti Iperspettrali Prototipali Evoluti”, the main objective of which is the prototyping of a subset of L3/L4 value-added products to be retrieved by means of hyperspectral data processing MORE...