EXCITE Satellite

Satellite EXCITE (EXtended Cubesat for Innovative Technology Experiments)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Status not launched, expected in 2026
Launcher not launched
Entity name University of Pisa
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Country Italy
Manufacturer AIVT by ?
Operator ?

Validate in orbit several innovative technologies for small satellites. 


EXCITE will serve as a testbed for technologies from several domains of interest for future satellite platforms: on-board propulsion (chemical: monopropellant for orbital maneuvering and electric: pulsed plasma for fine and proximity control), management of intense heat fluxes in a limited volume with pulsating heat pipes, high-performance processing on COTS platform for IoT and VDES, and compact steerable beam microwave antennas.

The mission is based on a custom CubeSat 12U platform: several critical high-performance subsystems (power generation, thermal control, structure, and deployable elements) will be entirely designed and manufactured by the EXCITE team.

The mission is developed by a team that includes the University of Pisa as a leader and four Tuscan SMEs as industrial partners: Aerospazio Tecnologie, a small company in the Siena/Livorno area with a strong background in propulsion and testing; CRM Compositi, a Leghorn-based structural workshop specializing in composite materials; IngeniArs, a UniPi spin-off company dedicated to space electronics; and MBI, a Pisa-based company active in satellite telecommunications and networking. The consortium is an excellent example of a regional-scale initiative that leverages CubeSat technology for local development.

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