1. A pair of overlapped silicon detectors (in the centre of the picture) mounted on a ceramic frame
The project called NINA is part of a collaboration between Italy and Russia for the study of cosmic rays of nuclei. This program includes three satellite flights in polar orbit at a height of 800 km. NINA is a little but complete telescope exclusively based on silicon detectors already widely tested in Trieste within the WIZARD.
The instrument will measure the spectrum in the cosmic ray nuclei from hydrogen to oxigen; as well, it will study their isotopic composition. The detectors employed in this project have undergone the qualification process for their employment in space according to ESA standards. The launch with the satellite RESOURCE will take place in the second half of 1997. INFN is collaborating with the aerospace industry LABEN on this project.
2. The assembled telescope NINA ready for the space qualification tests