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Astro-rivelatore Gamma a Immagini LEggero


Designation 31135 / 07013A
Launch date 23 Apr 2007
Country of origin Italy
Mission Scientific: gamma-ray astronomy
Perigee/Apogee 524/553 km
Inclination 2.5°
Period 95.4 min
Launch vehicle PSLV #11

Agile is an astronomical satellite of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), Rome. The satellite carries scientific instruments capable of studying distant celestial objects in X-ray and Gamma ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Part of ASI's Program for Small Scientific Missions. Will replace Beppo/SAX

As the payload has a total mass of only 535 kg, the rocket flew without the usual six strap-on boosters. As a consequence, the cost of the launch was INR680 million (EUR11.9 million, US$15.9 million) instead of the INR800 million (EUR14.0 million, US$18.8 million) for a standard launch.

The US complained that Italy re-exported classified US defence technology to India.

End of life

Decay 13 Feb 2024

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Technical data


Prime contractor Carlo Gavazzi Space
Platform Mita
Mass at launch 352 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array 500 W
DC power  
Design lifetime 2 years

Will observe gamma ray source with a great field of view (approx. 1/5 of the sky).

The satellite will downlink some data through Orbcomm when no earth-station is reachable.

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